Pre-production operative apprenticeship ALDRIDGE TRIMMING LTD

Learning and developing the skills to use various machinery to ensure the needs of the staff on the shop floor are fulfilled. Using the Laser cutter, leather Cutter, polyurethane machine, vinyl welding machines, and various hand tools to create interior car products such as seat covers, foams, woodwork, interior panels and composite components.

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Closing date: 20 Aug 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 – Thursday: 8 am – 4:30 pm Friday: 8 am – 4 pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Introduction to machine operative

  • Learning the basic science behind each machine

  • Ensuring correct use of hand tools and PPE training

  • Training on various machinery with the support of their mentor

  • Using CAD to design patterns to laser cut


  • Working from cutting lists to fulfil stock orders


  • Assisting with the daily department duties

  • Building up competency on each of the machines


  • Maintenance of the machines and ability to service them

  • Having the confidence to work each of the machines to a high level of knowledge


  • Organise own workloads for the day


  • Being involved in the R and D

The training you will be getting

  • One day a week at Telford College
  • Regularly assessor sites 
  • Mentor on site 
  • Lean manufacturing operative
    Level 2 (GCSE)


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possible full-time employment

  • Profit share in employee-owned business


  • Working with high-end classic cars


  • Extensive knowledge of machinery  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative


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

Things to consider

• Can be physically demanding • Standing for 8 hours • Must be good at maths • Can work on their own for long periods • Work can sometimes be repetitive.

About the employer

Aldridge Trimming is a family run business that has been trimming classic cars since 1931. Over the years the business has expanded and evolved. We have gained a world-wide reputation for high quality British craftsmanship, supplying the major Jaguar, Ford and Triumph restoration companies around the world. The company was started in a shed in 1931 by Don Newcombe, he provided a general trimming service for cars and coaches. In the Eighties it was taken over by his grandson, Simon Aldridge, who had helped his grandfather since 1963 during his time at school. Simon's mother managed the sewing department for many years, while Nick, Simon's brother, still manages the production of soft-top hoods, tonneaus and envelopes. Aldridge has always catered for classic cars but moved into the mail-order market in 1980 after Simon purchased a Jaguar E-type and needed parts for it. It was when Simon started making new trim for his car that he realised there was a big market for replacement interiors that customers could order via phone or internet, and be shipped straight to their door.








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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




Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

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