Wood Product Manufacturing Apprentice (Kent Brushes) Kent Brushes

We are recruiting for a wood machinist operative to work with us to produce some of the finest brushes in the world. You would work on all aspects of the production of the brushes from timber arrival to the finished product. Training & development will be given to become fully competent using a variety of machines.

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Closing date: 21 Jun 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

    Mon - Thurs 7:30am -4:30pm, Fri 7:30am-12:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    20 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful applicant would manufacture a range of brush products, producing high volume, world class, engineered products from sustainable timber.

Tasks include, but are not restricted to:

  • Read and interpret specifications, diagrams and work instructions, and following these instructions
  • How to use and gain competency in a range of machinery to perform the task/operation required including static machinery, portable powered tools and hand tools
  • Prepare and operate Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment
  • Adhere to quality standards and product accreditation processes for wood product manufacture
  • Maintain machinery and tooling and log faults for repair including greasing and clean down
  • Build tooling and set various wood working machinery including moulders, bandsaws, presses, double end tenoner and other specialist finishing machinery
  • Techniques for applying specified finishes to components and products
  • Install fixtures and fittings to wood products, for example magnetic and acoustic components on specific patented products
  • Maintain a good level of cleanliness in working areas

The training you will be getting

Training will be provided to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Wood Product Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English (as required)

The course will be delivered remotely to assist you learn the theory and practical elements of the course, gaining the knowledge and developing skills to exceed the minimum requirements of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could lead to a full-time position and/ or further training.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Time management, Orderly


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 2 (E)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 2 (E)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4+ (C+)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4+ (C+)) Desired

Things to consider

Training will be remotely delivered therefore you would need access to a computer. Travel to and from the employer, based at London Road, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9SA. The employer will be closed over the Christmas period. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

About the employer

Kent Brushes was founded in 1777. Since that time, we’ve come to be known as one of the finest hairbrush manufacturers in the world. We’re one of the oldest British companies trading today, too, and as a Royal Warrant Holder for hairbrushes, we’ve supplied Royal households for nine consecutive Sovereign reigns. We have been involved in both World Wars, equipping millions of brushes to troops in the Army, Navy and RAF, even creating special brushes in which maps and compasses were concealed to help the war effort. Having manufactured brushes for over 245 years, Kent Brushes offer an extensive choice of over 250 products, ranging from brushes for hair, body, clothes, makeup, teeth and shaving. In the UK, we have partnered with some of the nation’s most established department stores including John Lewis, Selfridges, Harrods, Liberty and Fortnum and Mason, as well as leading pharmaceutical establishments. We also distribute to more than 50 countries world-wide, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and regions including Europe, Scandinavia and The Middle East. Aside from our rich heritage and exceptional reputation, Kent Brushes are most famous for our range of hairbrushes which consists of products to cater for any hair type, length or style and budget.


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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


Graham Curry



Apprenticeship standard

Wood product 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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