General Operative Apprentice FREDERICK COOPER (BIRMINGHAM) LTD

Frederick Cooper are looking for someone who is excited to start their successful career in the manufacturing sector with opportunity to specialise in several different roles including wet paint spraying, powder coating, polishing, business administration and more.

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Closing date: 08 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Hours will be increased to 39 hours if apprentice is over 18 yeards old. Wage will be increased to £12,979.20 if the apprentice is over 18 yeards old.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.00am / 7.30am- 4.00pm / 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Nov 2024

  • Date posted

    23 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

Day to day tasks include:

  • Follow work instructions and work from job specific process cards
    Always follow these instructions without deviation, unless advised otherwise by supervisor
  • Where required keep records and fill out batch cards accurately
  • Ensure quality standards are adhered to
  • Keep your work area tidy including basic maintenance of machines/tools
  • If required to work additional hours outside of normal working hours to achieve production target
  • Follow the companies standard operating procedures
  • Take part in all company training programs and team briefing sessions
  • Work in different areas throughout the factory to suit production needs
  • If there is insufficient work to keep fully utilised, then raise with immediate supervisor
  • Perform task related duties related to specific roles within the business
  • Conduct any reasonable request from a supervisor

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Apprenticeship delivered over a period of 12 months
  • You will be required to attend an online induction over 2 days
  • 1 day training at In-Comm Aldridge which will include health and safety, working safely, employment right and responsibilities, safeguarding, equality and diversity, prevent agenda and British values and continuous professional development
  • This will then be followed by a 10 day workshop at In-Comm
  • The successful candidate will complete their lean manufacturing operative level 2 apprenticeship qualification
  • Dependent upon prior qualifications learners may also need to complete functional skills in maths and English

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential to have a full time position at FCB and progress within the organisation from general operator to team leader, charge hand, supervisor, and foreman over time

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Punctual, Willingness to learn, Positive attitude


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

Things to consider

Apprentice must be able to travel to the Training site for induction/workshop and to work site.

About the employer

Frederick Cooper is the trusted provider of specialist Wet Paint Spraying and Powder Coating solutions to the Automotive and other sectors worldwide. Since 1879 there has been a finishing company based in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham. Initially operating as Metal Finishing Specialists, in 1982 the current owners took over and the company became known as Frederick Cooper Birmingham Ltd. Frederick Cooper is committed to being a sustainable company; effectively managing our resources to consistently deliver an excellent service, whilst providing a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all. We take corporate and social responsibility for our business activities with our people, community and environment in mind.






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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


Sue Fisher

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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