Bridge to Employment – Production Operatives (Cookstown)

Job opportunities for the unemployed (age 18+)

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Training and employment programme

In conjunction with The Department for the Economy, we are offering a training programme which aims to equip unemployed people with this skills to compete for new job opportunities.

Those who successfully complete the training programme will be offered the opportunity to take on permanent employment as a Production Operative in the Cookstown area with Bluestones Staffing.

What does the training include?

The training course is designed to provide the trainee with a sound understanding of the tasks involved as a Production Operative and will include:

• Production and warehousing processes.
• Team skills.
• Training is underpinned by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Institute of Leadership and Management.
• Upon successful completion, trainees will receive the relevant qualification.

Training Conditions

Four weeks intensive training based at Bluestones Staffing NI and our client sites in Cookstown, under the Bridge to Employment programme.

You will retain your benefits while in training (Four weeks)
You may be eligible for child care allowance while in training.

You will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses, limited to the cheapest cost of using public transport while in training under the Bridge to Employment programme.

If you successfully complete the training programme you will be interviewed by Bluestones Staffing NI with a view to offering permanent employment.

Applications now open

Production Operative Job Description

Previous experience is not essential but applicants should have these skills:


  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Reliable
  • Good timekeeper
  • Ability to take instructions from a team leader
  • Prepared to work in a variety of roles

In the event that shortlisting is required, an aptitude test and the following desirable criteria may be used to select applicants for interview.


  • Access to own transport

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


The Job

  • Working as part of a team
  • Working on a manufacturing/production line
  • Working within stores/warehouse environment
  • Ensuring your role within the production line is completed accurately
  • Achieving daily KPI’s
  • General housekeeping
  • All other duties as and when required

Company Benefits 

Weekly pay, Pension, Holiday pay, Team orientated environment

Hours of Work

Generally, Monday – Friday day shifts but candidates should flexible for additional shifts as and when required.


£7.50p/h starting


Accrued at statutory entitlement

Applications close at 4 pm on Thursday 5th April. 

Applications now open

Trainee Service Standards

1. We will write to you within seven working days of the closing date for application.
2. We will contact you within five working days of your aptitude test/interview. Successful applicants will be offered a training place.
3. Each person who successfully completes a Bridge to Employ

Does Bridge to Employment Work?

At least 80% of people who complete Bridge training courses and attend the interview get jobs.

Training will take place at
Bluestones Staffing NI Cookstown, Derryloran Industrial Estate, Sandholes Rd, Cookstown BT80 9LU.

Is a customised training programme which gives people who are unemployed or who want to return to work the skills they need to compete for new job opportunities.

The Department
Our aim is to promote learning and skills to prepare people for work and support the economy.

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Bridge to Employment supports the Age Positive Northern Ireland campaign.