Ancestors of Dover Ltd was formed in 1992, primarily as a firm of genealogists by Nicholas and Anne Humphrey-Smith, co-founders in Canterbury, Kent. In 1999 the company moved to the famous sea town , Dover, immortalised by Vera Lynn in the war time song “There’ll Be Blue Birds Over The White Cliffs of Dover”, and the business changed its name to Ancestors of Dover. The company has worked designing and manufacturing products on the premises, with the help of dedicated outworkers, for names such as Harrods, Hamley’s, English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, Historic Scotland, Cadw, Aardman, Sony and many other famous clients both large and small.
The business moved on from owning a Chapel in Dover and is now located in a 11,000 sq. ft. factory in Folkestone, Kent, where it now concentrates on research, design, development and manufacture of services and products for the heritage industry.
Ancestors have been casting in English lead free pewter since 1999; products include miniature crowns, key rings, miniature figures, rings, pendants, pencil toppers, jewellery and many other quality products. The company has a policy of continually investing in new designs and projects and is able, on its premises, to carry out the following processes using different pieces of equipment including: printing, doming, clear crystal lensing, pad printing, resin casting, enamelling, heat transfer for T-shirts and other fabrics, mugs, framing, gold and silver back printing, soldering, crystal stoning, laminating and laser engraving.
Customisation for clients is a big strength of the business, being able to offer most products with own label packaging and designs. Brands such as Timeline, Crowns and Regalia, Heraldic Express, Inspired Treasures, Quill Store, Historic Image, Winter Reproductions, Hollywood Greats and most recently Studio Anne Carlton Chess are all mainly produced in the factory.
Travel Information: Ancestors of Dover is in the heart of Folkestone just off of Dover road, a minute away from the 102 Joyes Road bus stop.
DESCRIPTION OF VACANCY
This opportunity is placed within a thriving business with prospects for advancement. The vacancy is for a Sales/Administrator Apprentice. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who can complement our existing sales team.
We are looking for someone with a passion for sales to come and join our company at an exciting time in our history. Duties will be talking to customers on the telephone, emailing correspondence, assisting on sales calls and you will also be required to attend trade shows where you will meet customers face to face.
Full training to be given.
Will also be required to assist in the sales office with general administration duties.
£3.90 per hour.
Possible bonuses as web work produces revenue.
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Monday to Friday with occasional overtime and extra duties.
With 1 hour lunch break.
Enthusiasm and initiative to develop a role within an interesting and growing local company Confident but courteous Clear communicator Familiar with MS Office and Windows operating systems Willing to learn new skills
Team Worker Able to relate to people at all levels Persuasive but trustworthy Confident telephone skill Confident and friendly to customers in person Smart
An interest in Design is a plus
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Framework – consisting of the NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.
Regular work-based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.
The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.
KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.