Apprentice Production Assistant

Sophisticated Legs Ltd

This is a completely unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to work as a Production Apprentice on some of the last remaining knitting machines in the world!

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Working week

Mon to Thu 8am-4pm. Fri 8am-2pm (36 hours)

Apprenticeship duration

13 months

Possible start date

01 May 2017

Date posted

21 Jul 2016

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



1 available

You will shadow the experienced operators to learn everything needed to run the machines, including:

  • Setting needles.
  • Machine setting.
  • Machine preparation.
  • Machine changeover.
  • Machine maintenance.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Practical.
  • Interest in machinery.

Personal qualities

  • Hard working.
  • Attention to detail.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE Grade C in Maths and English (or equivalent).

Future prospects

  • This apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience and begin to build a career.
  • There is the prospect of a permanent position at the end of your Apprenticeship, based on performance.

Things to consider

  • Must be able to get to employer premises on a daily basis.

About the employer

Sophisticated Legs manufacture authentic ranges of Fully Fashioned (seamed) and Reinforced Heel and Toe (seamless) stockings on original Reading knitting machines. They are one of the last remaining companies in the world to knit Fully Fashioned stockings on these authentic machines just as they were made in the 1960’s, only a handful remain operational in the world today. Their stockings are shipped around the world to people who appreciate the quality and skill that goes into producing each pair. Gio stockings are unique, 100% Nylon and made by a skilled team in our factory in England.


Sophisticated Legs Ltd


Sawmills Industrial Park

Longbridge Lane


DE75 7GH

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Training provider

Your apprenticeship will include:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Performing Manufacturing Operations.
  • Industrial Awareness Level 2 Certificate.
  • Functional Skills English (if applicable).
  • Functional Skills Maths (if applicable).
  • Functional Skills Information Communication Technology (if applicable).
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Training Services 2000 Ltd


James Lund (01332 296995)

Other information

The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour (From October 1st 2016 this will be increasing by 3% to £3.40 per hour). This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2017