Production Operative Apprentice KEELING & WALKER,LIMITED

The apprentice will complete various tasks related to the manufacture of Tin Oxide Materials. The person will be working with trained operators during their apprenticeship or have clear points of contact for questions and clarification of tasks. An example of such tasks are identified in the Apprenticeship details.

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Closing date: 23 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £8.19 per hour rising to £9.20 during the second year. Following completion of an apprenticeship, the present rate for a full time operative is £12.27 for day workers.

  • Working week

    Normal working hours are 7.00am to 3.00pm but flexibility to work 6.00am to 2.00pm is required depending on role performed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    13 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Feb 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Furnaces & Metal Melting Pots
  • Load/unloading Kilns & Driers
  • Reaction Vessels, Mixing Tanks, Pulverising Machines
  • Vibratory Sieves, Transfer Pumps 
  • Weighing & Packing of finished product 

The training you will be getting

  • Standard is Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative 
  • Work/College based training to be confirmed
  • Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills) Qualification

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On completion of a successful apprenticeship and demonstration of a good work performance, a full-time position will be offered if available. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Preference for manual work, Good time keeping


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

Most of the manufacturing roles involve a lot of manual handling. If a permanent full time position is offered then this could be a shift working position.

About the employer

Keeling & Walker Limited is the world’s leading global manufacturer of tin oxide based materials. Our expertise lies in developing and manufacturing a range of functional pigments and nanomaterials.




Whieldon Road




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Training provider


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


Rachel Dawson

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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