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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

Specification Sales Manager

In the role of Specification Sales Manager, your primary responsibility is to lead a team of regional specification sales specialists focused on specific sectors. Your leadership aims to enhance and support the growth of Thomas Dudley Plumbing Products business, particularly through account management within diverse sectors such as builders, OEMs, housing associations, local authorities, water […]

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Regional Sales Roles - South East/ South West/ North of England

In the role of Regional Sales, your primary focus will be to enhance the growth of Thomas Dudley Plumbing Products business by cultivating and strengthening relationships with customers within the designated region and account portfolio. Emphasising the retention, development, and expansion of existing business, your responsibilities extend to identifying new business opportunities and comprehending customer […]

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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 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 15, 2023
Welcome to our latest apprentices

Welcome to Sean Boyle, Multi Skilled Maintenance Apprentice and Josh Elwell, Moulding Technician Apprentice. They will be both working within the plastics division of Thomas Dudley Limited and attending Make UK for their apprenticeship qualifications.

May 3, 2023
Staff Dream Big Day at Thomas Dudley

At Thomas Dudley Limited we were very pleased to support Mr Mitchell Turton, Science Technician from Pegasus Academy for his Staff Dream Big Day. Mitchell came on Friday 28 April and spent the day within the plastics division with Will Townsend our Production Engineer. Mitchell said of the day "I loved the day, thank you […]

April 20, 2023
Martin Dudley meets the Duke of Gloucester as the BCIMO receives a Royal Seal of Approval.

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester to the Very Light National Rail Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) on 19 April. BCIMO Receives a Royal Seal of Approval

April 11, 2023
Simon James Walked 1200 Miles for Charity

Simon James is the Plastics Division, Operations Manager at Thomas Dudley Limited and spent most of last year walking. See below the Penlee Lifeboat post. Congratulations Simon and Dawn who did most of the steps with him. The Proclaimers sang 'I would walk 500 miles'. But our sponsored walker Simon 'walked 1200 miles'! A fundraiser […]

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

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