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Apprenticeships

Our brand’s, products and services are associated with innovation, quality and value and we have an active apprenticeship scheme that has been developed to help nurture the leaders and engineers of the future.

At Thomas Dudley, we know that our young people (apprentices) are the future leaders of the business. Working in partnership with Dudley College, Aston University and ECMS to give our apprentices the very best training they can receive.

We recently received gold accreditation from Make UK and Next Gen as Engineering Apprenticeship Excellent Employer, which we are very proud of.

Our recruitment pathway is initially through application and if you are successful at this stage you will be invited to a full assessment day. The day includes group activities, personality assessments, interviews and a bit of fun. 

Our apprentices are signed up for their appropriate training, they have a mentor (some of which may be Directors) and have regular meetings (learners lunches) with Martin Dudley CEO, Michele Bickerton People & Development Director and other employees that are on academic training. This gives an opportunity to discuss how things are going, ask questions and get support if needed. We also  invite tutors to attend so they can hear how things are going and add extra support if required.

There are no limits to where you can go with your development, we have previous apprentices that have just completed Masters Degrees. This is supported and fully funded by the business.

 

What do we look for in our apprentices?

That would be passion, hunger and a want to be the very best they can be.

Sometimes the chosen career path is not the right one, but if the apprentice is, we do not say goodbye at this point. We look throughout the business to find what does fit for them and help them to shine.

Our current apprentices are ...

  • Commercial Apprentice
  • Tool Maker Apprentice (Plastics)
  • Processing Technician Apprentice (Plastics)
  • Electrical Maintenance Apprentice (Foundry)
  • Patternmaker Apprentice (Foundry)
  • Maintenance Apprentice (Plastics)

We have three live vacancies for the following apprenticeships: Tool Maker Apprentice - Quality Engineering Apprentice and Foundry Apprentice. Please find the role descriptions  on our careers page.

If you would like any further information regarding our apprenticeships, please contact:  Michele Bickerton People & Development Director mbickerton@thomasdudley.co.uk

Tool Maker Apprenticeship

Tool Maker Apprentice – Plastics Division We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Tool Maker Apprentice to join Thomas Dudley Limited, Plastics Division. Thomas Dudley was founded in 1920 and is still owned and managed by the Dudley family generating a turnover exceeding £64 million with circa 450 employees. The company comprises of two […]

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Quality Engineer Apprenticeship

Quality Engineer Apprentice – Plastics Division We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Quality Engineer Apprentice to join Thomas Dudley Limited, Plastics Division. Thomas Dudley was founded in 1920 and is still owned and managed by the Dudley family generating a turnover exceeding £50 million with circa 450 employees. The company comprises of two […]

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Foundry Apprenticeship

 Foundry Apprentice          We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Foundry Apprentice to join Thomas Dudley Foundry Limited. Thomas Dudley was founded in 1920 and is still owned and managed by the Dudley family generating a turnover exceeding £50 million with circa 450 employees. The company comprises of two divisions, plastic injection moulding and […]

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International Business Manager - EMEA

An exciting role within the TYDE Division of Thomas Dudley. What is the role ... International Business Manager - EMEA responsibilities include developing key growth sales strategies, tactics and action plans. Successful execution of these strategies is required to achieve the Business Units financial targets. Duties will include hitting annual targets, building and maintaining relationships, […]

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Senior Design Engineer

Thomas Dudley offer a unique opportunity for talented individuals to invent, design and develop new products to challenge the current sanitaryware market and set the direction for our products throughout the UK and European Markets. Due to business growth and demand we are currently looking for a Senior Design Engineer to work within our expanding […]

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Work Experience (WEX)

Throughout the year we have a number of vacancies each week for students to come in for five days of work experience.

Where a student has a clear understanding of what they wish to do or area they want to go into, we have a set project, which they will work through during the week. This works really well in areas such as design, accounts and marketing.

There are times when students have a limited idea of what they want to do or are interested in. This is where we give them a blended week, they will spend a day in a number of departments. This way they get some hands-on experience/understanding of what is available to them.

We do not expect every student to say great I love TD and want to work there, as long as they get a positive experience from the week, this is all we ask.

We accept applications for WEX throughout the year, ideally outside of June or July, which can be very busy.

Send a letter and or CV to HR@Thomasdudley.co.uk we want to know what you have done and what you want to do.

We will give you a great week and all we ask is that you come with an enthusiastic attitude and an open mind.

Latest News From Around Thomas Dudley

August 5, 2022
Work Experience

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of Tyler Bates joining us for Work Experience (WEX). Tyler spent half the week with the plastics department and the other half in design, where he made his own 3D printed key ring. Everyone was very complimentary about Tyler's work ethic and his overall politeness and interest […]

July 8, 2022
Engineering Apprenticeships Excellent Employer Award

Thomas Dudley is very proud to have achieved gold status in the Make UK, Next Gen Makers Engineering Apprenticeship Excellent Employer Awards. Our apprentices are the future of the business so it is good to be marked against what we do from an external point of view. We can obviously do more to improve, that […]

June 30, 2022
Jack Littlewood's Last Day

In March Jack joined us on an Industry Placement from Dudley College, today was his last day and the team wanted to say thank you for his hard work and dedication. Jack received a card and some vouchers to show their appreciation. Peter Devine, Director said "Jack has been a great asset to the stores […]

June 30, 2022
Spring Party at the Black Country Living Museum

A fabulous night was had by all at our May Spring Party at the BCLM. We were entertained by two bands from Dudley College, Circus Acts (Circus Mash), street food, bar and disco. What more do you need! The event was attended by over 300 of our employees and guests and a fabulous time was […]

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Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ

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Thomas Dudley Limited
Registered in England No. 02399487
Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ
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