Apprentice Assembly Operator – Spinlock


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Full Time
£7 per hour

Here at The Isle of Wight College we work with a number of employers, in a vast array of industries. A fantastic opportunity has arisen to work as an Apprentice Assembly Operator at Spinlock.

Spinlock are an international market leader in the design and manufacture of marine equipment.

Their products are used by all types of water users globally. We are a hard-working friendly team based in Cowes, the home of yachting, surrounded by the sea and next to the Countryside; our head office is within an iconic building in the town and our manufacturing site is within a few minutes on the edge of Cowes. Spinlock are proud to make all of their products in Cowes.

An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic, flexible, reliable and methodical person to join the friendly Spinlock production team based in Cowes.

The role offers an opportunity for an individual looking to start a career in Manufacturing while gaining qualifications. You will be required to build products in large quantities to assembly schedule. Assisting the assembly team in the manufacture of products to meet the company’s sales commitment. The successful candidate may also prepare components for subcontract work and quality control support.  

Tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Learning to assemble products and understand build process 
  • Learning about Quality procedures and checks  
  • Use of MRP system for signing on to jobs  
  • Assisting with a variety of different production areas  
  • Working in a team environment  
  • Following Company policies and Health and Safety procedures  
  • Attend training and college as required 
  • Assembly of components into products to set guidelines to meet sales order demands, including the preparation of sub assembly parts and preparing components for sub contract work as required 
  • Assembly must be conducted in date order, working on the earliest date or numbered unless instructed by do otherwise by Production Supervisor/Manager
  • Products must be built according to instruction provided with reference to GA Instructions.
  • Carry out 100% quality checking of assembled products when instructed to do so by Production Supervisor/Manager
  • Any quality issues must be reported immediately to Production Supervisor/Quality Team
  • Assist in the stores area when kitting shelf runs low when instructed to do so by the Production Supervisor
  • Liaise with Production Supervisor/Despatch/Packaging to obtain shipping schedule
  • Dress in a professional and appropriate way for all public facing situations and in accordance with company policy
  • Ensure adherence to and compliance with all health and safety requirements and good practice
  • Ensure adherence to Company procedures and policies
  • Spinlock operate a clear workspace area; at the end of each day areas should be tidied, tools put away and if any incomplete orders to store safely and neatly on workstation
  • General cleaning duties for assembly area as allocated on rotation basis by Production Supervisor
  • Any other duties required to support the business

Personal, Desired Qualities:

  • Ability to use own initiative and take responsibility for any given task
  • Show professionalism at all times
  • Punctual and maintain a high standard of time keeping
  • Attention to detail and ability to take direction
  • Flexibility and willing to work
  • Polite and friendly manner

Qualifications Required:

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English & Maths (or equivalent qualification and/or ability to work towards these Functional Skills) 

Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Lean Manufacturing Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English if required and not previously achieved GCSE grade 4/C or above
  • 12 to 18-month apprenticeship
  • There is a requirement to complete 20% off the job training, College attendance will contribute but time spent either learning something new, other internal training courses or any support work that is not in your usual role will also be counted

Working Week:

  • 40 hours per week
  • Monday to Thursday: 8am until 5pm with 30 minutes for lunch, morning and afternoon 10-minute tea break (set times)
  • Friday: 8am until 2pm with one 10-minute tea break in the morning and one 15-minute lunch break


  • Starting at £7.00 per hour with excellent progression rates upon continual meeting of the roles targets.

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £4.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit:

Once qualified and dependant on company needs at the time, there may be a permanent position available for the successful candidate.

So, if this sounds like the next step you want to take with your career, then please apply with a CV and cover letter telling us why you feel you would be the ideal person to take on this brilliant opportunity!!

*Please note applications without both a CV and Covering Letter will not be considered. *

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