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Production Operative Apprentice-3

Job location : Cornwall, United Kingdom
Created moment : 09/17/2021 - 02:00
Job reference : REQ - 04417

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Production Operative Apprentice-3

Job Summary

Imerys Minerals Ltd are seeking to recruit Production Operative Apprentices.

The aim of the Production Operative Apprentice is to learn all the elements of secondary processing of Kaolin, whilst working safely at all times adhering to Health, Safety and Environmental guidelines in order to meet Customer orders.  They will be required to contribute to, develop and support the improvement in manufacturing operations using continuous improvement methods, kaizen tools, process visualisation, using lean principles and problem solving tools and techniques.  They will be responsible for carrying out process checks throughout the manufacturing operations to ensure quality is built in and that any defects or concerns are highlighted and dealt with in line with relevant quality standards.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team to complete the production activities as directed by the Supervisor to meet customer demand.

  • Safely operate all vehicles, packaging and processing equipment within the Plant

  • Control and maintain a safe working environment ensuring that any issues are reported in a timely manner ensuring that workplace  activities are compliant with UK Health and Safety Regulations covering employees, contractors and visitors.

  • Supporting the Supervisor in the completion of Regulation 12 Inspections to enable timely instigation of repairs where required

  • Ensure that all finished product is labelled and stored to the correct internal and external specification

  • Operate and contribute to the continuous improvement of the site Operations, to provide the required quality production safety and efficiently at minimum cost

  • Produce operational reports and statistics to enable the capture of Key Performance Indicators 

  • Work closely with other functions to ensure a coordinated approach is maintained

The successful candidate should:

  • Have 5 GCSEs Grade C/4 and above to include English, Maths and Science

  • Be punctual, reliable and takes responsibility for their own actions

  • Show respect for others, having regard for Diversity and Equality

  • Respond positively to change in a working environment

  • Be able to integrate within the team and support others

  • Be able to work independently and effectively in challenging situations

  • Be able to maintain quality of work under pressure

  • Have excellent communication skills

  • Be able to listen to others people’s opinions

  • Be able to follow instructions and guidance and demonstrate attention to detail

  • Seek opportunities to develop and adapt to different situations, environments and technologies

  • Hold a valid UK Driving Licence

  • Be IT literate

Applicants will need to have Right to Work in the UK.

The Apprenticeship will involve day release at College combined with a workplace training plan.

There are three positions available.  Two will be based in Cornwall, the other will be based in Devon

The closing date for applications is 8th October 2021.


Position Type

Full time


Trainee/Apprentice - Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.

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