Production operative training programme

If you’re interested in a job as a production operative, a pre-employment training programme is now available, offering the basic skills you need. If you successfully complete the training, you will be offered an interview for a permanent job.


A one-week intensive training course for a production operative is now available under the Bridge to Employment programme.

The training course will introduce you to the basic skills needed to work as a production operative and will include:

  • an introduction to the business
  • an introduction to one specific department
  • a focus on quality and efficiency
  • how to contribute as an effective team member

The training programme has been developed by the Department for the Economy and O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd.

Training will be based at either of the addresses below, based on employer business needs:

Unit 1 Dublin Road Industrial Estate
County Tyrone
BT82 9EA
6 Victoria Road
BT47 2AB

When in training you:

  • will retain your benefits
  • may be eligible for child care allowance
  • will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses, limited to the cheapest cost of using public transport

If you successfully finish the training, you'll be interviewed for a permanent job.

Who is eligible

Previous experience is not needed but you must:

  • have a good attention to detail
  • have a positive 'can do' approach to work
  • be able to follow instructions
  • be able to work effectively under pressure and meet targets and deadlines
  • be able to work both individually and within a team
  • have a good standard of the English language both verbal and written
  • be conscientious and flexible
  • have a strong work ethic with excellent timekeeping                                           

The selection process for a training place will include an information day and an interview.

How to apply

To apply online you must have a jobcentre online account. After you have logged in to your account, you can apply for the training at:

Application forms are also available from your local Jobs and Benefits Office.

Completed forms must be returned to any Jobs and Benefits Office before 4.00 pm on 22 May.

You will need to include the reference no 1422146 on your application form.

Important dates

If you wish to take part in the training, the following dates are important:

Date Details

22 May

Applications close

3 June

Information day

3 to 4 June Interviews

10 June

Training starts

14 June

Training ends

Job information

If you successfully complete the training, you'll be interviewed for a job with O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd.


Your duties as a production operative will include working across any of the production departments which form part of the O’Neills manufacturing process.

Hours of work

You will work a 39-hour working week. There are various shift patterns, depending on departmental needs.

Wages, holidays and benefits

You will start on the national minimum or living wage, depending on your age. You will receive weekly pay, pension and holiday pay.

You may be entitled to Universal Credit. For more information contact: 

Company information

O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Limited (O’Neills) specialises in the design, manufacture, personalisation and supply of multi-sportswear including playing kits, training kits, and leisurewear, across a wide range of sports including Gaelic games, rugby, soccer, hockey, netball, Australian Rules football and athletics.

Further information

For more information on this opportunity or the Bridge to Employment programme, contact the Department for the Economy – Bridge to Employment.

Applications are welcome from those who meet the criteria, irrespective of religious belief, political opinion, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, marital status, gender, whether or not they have dependents and women returning to work.

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