Jobs at Rapanui
Rapanui is a high growth, fast paced e-commerce business that's won lots of awards for it's innovative approach to sustainable design, technology and on-the-job vocational training. Our apprenticeship training programmes are designed to create radical changes in career path for talented young Islanders who lack opportunities to make a success of their careers outside of London. In the last 18 months, all of the apprentices that completed their qualifications with us got a full time, salaried job at Rapanui.
Apprenticeships at Rapanui in 60 seconds.
Over the last three years we have taken 20 young Islanders through a successful apprenticeship programme and into a full-time, salaried career at Rapanui. Almost all of our full time staff built their career by joining as an apprentice. Rapanui is a fast growing company that doubles in size each year and so we are on the lookout almost all of the time as the size of our team grows. We train and prepare young people for full time positions in our award-winning company, and continue training in year 2 and 3 to hopefully place trainees into management positions as they mature and gain experience. Apprentices are paid, and get a NVQ level 2 or 3 qualification accredited by a third party training provider.
If you'd like an exciting year of learning, to earn a qualification and get one of the coolest jobs on the Isle of Wight at the end, fill out the application form.
Apprenticeship Success Stories
Back in 2011, I was unemployed and arranged a work experience placement at the Sandown Store. I was offered a position in the apprenticeship programme which I graduated from with a full time, salaried job offer at Rapanui. Fast foward a few crazy years and I am now the financial director and head of operations as well as well as becoming a partner in the company recently. The in-house training has been non-stop over the last few years and has given me expert knowledge in business and finance, as well as taking me abroad to India and around Europe visiting factories. Joining this company has been life changing for me and my family.
After deciding that university wasn’t quite right for me, I thought an apprenticeship would be just the thing to learn some new skills and gain experience in a hands on environment. Upon starting I felt like I’d learnt more in my first two months than my entire year at uni! It’s great to be a part of something so fast-paced, and having the opportunity to work my way towards a management position after a while was something I really appreciate now. Recently I've been given the responsibility to lead the B2B sales team and train some of the new colleagues that we're hiring as we grow.
I was working casually in seasonal jobs before applying for a production apprenticeship at Rapanui. I wanted to do a real career. The job was exciting from the first day because progression goes as fast as you can keep up. I trained as a digital printer, then as a lithographer and became full time quality control manager when I finished. This year I was promoted and asked to supervise a project where we converted a massive supermarket building in Freshwater into a new factory. It says a lot about the company that they trusted me, trained me and gave me the opportunity to do that.
I left the Isle of Wight college and I didn't know what I wanted to do but I knew University life didn't suit me, so I applied for an apprenticeship at Rapanui in IT. After spending a week helping with the logistics of a large delivery, I asked to change my role a bit as I really enjoyed the stock management process in warehousing (It's like real life minecraft, and I love minecraft). That's what I do at Rapanui for a living now. I feel like the company has helped me build confidence and grow as a person as much as I have a worker and my ambition is to manage a bigger team in the future.
I had a go at University, but after a few attempts I realised it wasn’t for me as I wanted to get stuck into the working world. I was keen to get a hands on apprenticeship which would offer me endless amounts of training and real experiences. Rapanui has provided me with exactly what I wanted and needed for my career. After finishing my apprenticeship I got a full time job in the sales team, contributing to the company’s growth, which is a great feeling. My day to day work is always different. Speaking to customers, sometimes celebrities! Solving problems and making sure the factory team have what they need for production.
During my year apprenticeship I was trained as a professional lithographic printer and developed the skills I needed to operate a commercial scale production line on my own. I got a full time job at Rapanui when I completed my qualification and now I'm I run the B2B printing division at the new factory in Freshwater. I think what Rapanui does for the new staff members is awesome and for me it's really good to be able to repay that by giving the same time, attention and training to the new colleagues or apprentices that join as we expand.
After working full time as a chef and trying university I knew that it wasn’t the option for me, one of my friends who had completed the apprenticeship at Rapanui told me there was an opening. I jumped at the chance to start an apprenticeship with them. I started working in production before moving to customer service, and then training some more to work in the Teemill department. I also help oversee stock procurement - and that’s only after 4 months. I appreciate being treated like a professional, and pushed to be my best each day. This place gives me the opportunities I needed to get more out of myself and satisfy my determination to grow a decent career for myself.
Before I joined Rapanui I was a self employed painter and decorator but after a few years of that I realised it wasn’t the career for me and wanted a change. At 24 I thought maybe I was too old to join an apprenticeship but my friend told me to apply anyway. My apprenticeship started on the production floor focusing on digital printing. Within my first year I was asked to develop some process improvements and got a full time job which included both some management training and a chance to carry on with designing the way we work. 2 years since starting, I now manage all on-demand printing shifts and quality processes in the digital factory, which is pretty cool.
In the first two weeks of my apprenticeship, I learnt so much more than in years of being in a classroom. I basically had one-on-one tuition from the head designer. In my first year I've designed a Rapanui collection and created tees for some of the biggest business customers we have. It's weird to see my designs being printed, or worn by famous people. I've recently qualified and got a full time job in the creative / marketing team as I've developed my writing skills this year too. I'm 17 and since the start, the guys treated me like a grown up and said "if you're good enough, you're old enough" - Rapanui has helped me become more confident and I feel like I'm just getting started.
When I finished my college course in IT I had no work experience or any knowledge of working within a business. From the moment I started my apprenticeship I knew that it was a great opportunity for me. I was taught so much in both web development and being a key individual in a team from the very beginning. Sometimes it was really hard work but looking back I'm grateful for being challenged as it helped me develop the discipline and focus I needed to make the most of my abilities with a computer. I'm now a full time programmer at Rapanui working in the web dev team on some really cool stuff.
I left college in 2015 and worked in a kitchen for a while then became unemployed. The job center arranged a work experience placement at Rapanui and I found it really friendly, the guys gave me some proper responsibility and treated me with respect. So I worked as hard as I could and applied for an apprenticeship that came up. I now work full time as a lithography technician in the screen printing team. I've made some really good friends in my team and we all have the same drive and determination. It's nice to actually love coming to work each day and feel like you're good at what you do.
If you're a driven, hard working and ambitious young person on the Isle of Wight, you could join Rapanui and become part of our positive and fast paced team working on the production floor in manufacturing, logistics and technology, or in our office working in customer care or coding. We're growing really fast and creating new jobs regularly. If you'd like to apply, use our application form now.
Available Job Positions
Love solving problems? We're looking for self-motivated, responsible applicants who are passionate about coding and who want to get their career started.
This fast-track training programme has so far taken 5 young individuals into full time professional programming careers at Rapanui.
Applicants should have GCSEs of C or above in Maths, English and IT. A basic acquaintance with HTML, CSS and any server-side language at hobbyist level are required. Basic knowledge in PHP / MySQL would be very helpful to get off to a fast start.
Professional programmer? We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a passion for coding to join our constantly expanding dev team.
At Rapanui, we are committed to the application of technology to make things, better. We are world leaders in on-demand garment print technology, allowing people to build their own webstores through Teemill. We regularly update the Teemill platform, delivering new features and improvements to users. We design interfaces & algorithms for our factory and build tools for our internal sales, stock, & customer service teams.
The ideal candidate will have a desire to build world-class software and will be able to provide examples of previous code projects.
We’re looking for an ambitious, hard working person to join our fast paced manufacturing team in our factory in Freshwater, learning how to print t-shirts to a professional standard, gaining an NVQ in the process leading to a career at our growing high-tech company.
The ideal candidate will be a hard worker, practical and with a design to make quality products in a fun, fast paced environment. They must be diligent and have a strong attention to detail and fit in well with our young team. A get-up-and-go, can-do attitude to learning is essential.
Demonstrating maturity and a desire to learn and grow skills will strengthen an individual candidate's application. No previous experience needed as day-to-day training is provided in house.
If you'd like an exciting year of learning, to earn a qualification and build a career at one of the most exciting companies on the Isle of Wight - Apply now.
Are you a practical, hands on individual with a get up and go attitude?
We are looking for a person to join our positive, can-do warehouse team shipping orders all globally from our state-of-the-art factory in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. The part time role suits someone flexible. They will be a fast learner who can take advantage of our growth and join our team each week - and because all training is delivered in house, experience in warehousing / manufacturing is not necessary.
The right candidate will be driven, positive, practical and a team player with a great attention to detail and a passion for quality work. We have an energetic, can-do culture and if you fit the description above, we’d love to have you share in this exciting phase in our brand’s growth.
The best of our flexible hours workers are regularly offered full time contracts as opportunities arise.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our fast expanding team - Apply now.
Are you looking for work leading up to and during the Christmas and New Year period?
At Rapanui we’re super busy, and we need a few extra hands to help our Manufacturing team in our warehouse picking, packing and printing orders during busy periods.
No previous experience necessary in warehousing or manufacturing, as full training will be given. We have a respectful, positive and friendly team that will help you fit in and enjoy your time working with us, whilst also gaining the satisfaction of achieving goals in our up-tempo, fast paced factory.
If you are interested in some part time work / flexible working hours during the winter and perhaps need some more money to buy those Christmas presents - Apply now.
Yes: We pay the national apprenticeship wage for the first 6 months probationary period, at which point we review contracts and adjust for the next six months depending on performance. As most of our apprentices go into jobs in only a year in place of graduates who may have paid up to £30,000 or more on tuition fees, we think our programme is excellent value; It's why Rapanui's apprenticeship programme is oversubscribed and has built a reputation for results.
The apprentice has the opportunity to choose (and sometimes change) the qualification they are aiming for, which is usually a GNVQ level 2 or 3. The apprentice can choose between a wide range of subjects, from warehousing to IT, operations, finance, admin, customer care, retail or more. The value of working in a professional environment, self-respect, can-do attitude and drive that apprentices develop, we believe, is equally important.
We operate a 9-5, Monday-Friday routine for apprentices with paid holiday to help apprentices adapt to working life. Our headquarters, where apprentices are trained, is in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight in a new refurbished factory.
The plan is to get a full time, salaried job. In the last 2 years, every apprentice that completed their qualification has been offered a job with us. In fact, it's more expensive for us to train an apprentice than hire an experienced professional: We see that as an investment, as apprentices are better able to continue to learn and adapt which matters to us, as we're a growing business. We lose out big time if we train an apprentice and dont hire them at the end: So we do everything to make sure that happens. Fundamentally though, it's down to how much the apprentice applies themselves to the lessons learned, as we can only do so much. We really want you to succeed!
Rapanui use an ofsted-audited training provider to deliver official qualifications and give apprentices a third party point of contact. Our apprenticeship programme has won awards for social impact, including the Big Venture Challenge, which recognised the massive changes in quality of life we're creating for young unemployed people on the Isle of Wight.