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 three-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 involve all aspects of window blinds building and assembly, including:

  • reading work instructions and work tickets
  • measuring and assembly of blind parts
  • quality checking
  • working to targets

The training programme has been developed by the Department for the Economy and Decora Blind Systems Ltd.

Training will be based at:

1 Ferguson Drive
Knockmore Hill Industrial Park
BT28 2FL

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 be:

  • able to communicate in English (both written and verbal)
  • able to measure
  • willing to work to targets                                   

If shortlisting is needed, the following criterion may be used to select applicants for interview:

  • previous manufacturing experience

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've logged in to your account.

You will be able to apply online after 9.00 am on 6 June.

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 19 June.

You will need to include the reference no 1425376 on your application form.

Important dates

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

Date Details

19 June

Applications close

2 July

Information day and interviews

22 July

Training starts

9 August

Training ends

Job information

If you successfully complete the training, you'll be interviewed for a job with Decora Blind Systems Ltd.


Reporting to an operations supervisor and working as part of the operations team, you'll be involved in all aspects of blinds manufacturing, delivering high-quality service to make sure work is carried out to a high standard. 

Access to own transport is useful.

Hours of work

The positions will cover the 3:15 pm - 11:15 pm shift, Monday to Friday.

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

Decora supplies window blinds across the UK and Europe.  With 10 different brands, Decora’s diverse product range includes roller and louvre blinds, roof blinds, wood venetians, aluminium venetians, shutters and motorised blinds.

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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