Classic Car Apprentice NEWTON AUTOMOTIVE LTD

Due to expansion and continued growth, we are looking for an eager and tenacious apprentice to Join a global leader in manufacturing interior trim & upholstery for classic cars. This full-time role either on a four day week and will incorporate all the aspects required to produce quality products for the classic car industry.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 8.00am - 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 May 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Modernisation has led to investment in computer aided cutting machinery which increases both our time and material efficiency in producing all our classic car upholstery. All original patterns are digitised into our database and cut the same each time, making sure our upholstery fits right every time while still using the skill, experience and knowledge of the Newton Commercial team. Our cutting machine cuts across all our material ranges, from carpet to vinyl to leather using the highest quality UK sourced material throughout production. 

As we produce bespoke hand-crafted products training and skill sets are key. From running are CNC cutting machine to are industrial sewing machines.

  • Learning all areas of the kit assembly area
  • Quality checking and kit assembly ready for the next department.
  • Learning all aspects of our raw materials which includes fabric knowledge and QC checking
  • Stock taking and locations
  • Being trained in quality checking is also a big part of this role.
  • Part of the process and finishing
  • Being a team player

 Become part of a 40-year running well establish family business in an amazing sector full of timeless creativity.

You will be surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and experience alongside plenty of support, in turn, we are looking for someone that can demonstrate a brilliant attitude, reliable and that wants to learn new skills and who is comfortable working in a small mutually respectful team environment. A great sense of humour will be advantageous also!

The training you will be getting

  • Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After completing the Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship, there are progression routes within the company

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade Level 2/C/4) Desired

About the employer

Newton Commercial wouldn't be complete without the hard work of the skilled individuals that make up our team. A number of our team have been with us for over 30 years and have continued to share their knowledge of manufacturing classic car interior throughout our nearly 40 strong workforce in our Suffolk factory. As part of this skill share, our apprenticeship scheme has been very successful over the last ten years and our team have continued to gain skills through the support of WS Training for both apprenticeships and NVQ diplomas to expand the skill range of our existing team members. Our work in training our team in a range of skills set has led us to receive the Investors in People Award no more than 4 times. Our managing director, Jonny Newton, is adamant that such awards recognise a genuine drive for continuous improvement throughout the business, both in management skills and staff training and development, rather than simply being “something for the company CV”. Our classic car upholstery is made in our Suffolk factory by skilled crafts men and women, continuing our pursuit of producing interior trim in the original way.







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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


The Apprenticeship Team

01284 788005

Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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