We are recruiting for a Technical Apprentice to join the Components team within Beeston, Leeds. Reporting into the Production Manager, the Technical Apprentice will assist with completing New Product Development tasks, creating initial specs and completing testing and complete sample requests.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 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 – Friday, 39 hours per week

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    16 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Undertake and complete product testing on current products (pre/post roll pack testing, Larson testing, Compression testing, etc).
  • Test and determine the outcome of quarantined wire buckets.
  • Test and determine the outcome of quarantined external and internal spring sheets.
  • Monitor current production on machines to ensure products are running to specification.
  • Assist with annual quality audits.

The training you will be getting

  • You will work towards the Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Your Apprenticeship training will take place at Printworks Campus.
  • Delivery model for this Apprentices is one day per week in college.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This will be reviewed at the end of the Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working


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

About the employer

Harrison Spinks is the global leader in innovative pocket springs for the furniture, bedding and other comfort markets. Part of the Harrison Spinks Group, the company supplies some of the leading names internationally in the markets they supply and are known for their pipeline of groundbreaking technology in these market segments. Sustainability is core to the business and are exploring the use of their components into transportation seating and even footwear, showing the diverse potential the company has to offer. With manufacturing sites in the UK as well as the USA, the company is wanting to expand their global reach further with additional manufacturing sites. As well as their innovative coil technology, the company also supplies wire, natural nonwovens and mattress fabrics which are all manufactured in their facilities in Leeds and Scunthorpe.




Westland Road


LS11 5SN

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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


Katie Elsworth

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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