Rapanui is a high growth, fast paced e-commerce business that's won lots of awards for its innovative approach to sustainable design, technology and on-the-job / vocational training. We are known for our excellence in training young people. Our apprenticeship training programmes are designed to create radical changes in career path for talented young people, who often lack opportunities to make a success of their careers on the Island. In the last 18 months, all of the apprentices that completed their qualifications with us got a full time, salaried job at Rapanui.We also regularly recruit graduate or experienced professionals, and additionally offer positive, fulfilling and rewarding flexible-hours work for Islanders at our factory in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. You can view and apply for our current vacancies below.
Freelance Graphic Design
Freshwater, Isle of Wight
In our online product designer on Rapanui and our platform, Teemill, our customers love our template designs. We're looking for a freelance graphic designer to create t-shirt designs for a variety of topics and themes.
If you have awesome graphic design skills that can be adapted to different topics, from wildlife to sport to adventure and so on, and like the idea of working wherever, and whenever you want, please apply with some examples of your work, your desired payment-per- design and 3 awesome designs to showcase your skills.
We require that all final designs are high-resolution digital artwork so access to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or similar software is a must.
Our apprenticeship programme takes young people from the Isle of Wight who love solving problems & who understand the basics of code, and turns them into professional web developers: of our last 5 coding apprentices, 5 were offered full time jobs.
Training is on-the-job: apprentices write code for real projects that make a real-life difference, whilst receiving high quality coaching from more experienced members of the team. However, we're not a charity - to make a success of your apprenticeship, you'll be required to keep up a personal reading and practice routine that's not for the faint hearted. There's a lot to learn in 1 year.
We operate a 9-5, Monday to Friday routine 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 newly refurbished factory.
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.
If you are good at solving problems, love coding, and are willing to invest in yourself - we'd love to hear from you.
Trainee Programmer (Graduate)
Freshwater, Isle of Wight
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.
Rapanui is well known for its high growth, fast track and exciting programming careers. Due to the competition for jobs in programming team, this role only suits an applicant with well refined skills in the aforementioned programming languages. The learning curve to adapt to our infrastructure will be steep. If you aren't really sure you have the ability to fluently produce code, or if you're only just getting started out in coding and want your first break, an apprenticeship is probably the more appropriate choice.
Working at Rapanui
Rapanui is a super rewarding place to work. We're a young brand, we love what we do and as a fast growth company there's always something new happening. For the best, there's opportunities to progress - nearly all of our management team are former apprentices or graduate trainees. As a company we develop and deploy our own technologies into the online and manufacturing environment to make sustainability accessible and cool. We pick our team carefully, we are all focused and take what we do seriously and consider ourselves the special forces of sustainable fashion. We work hard, but we play hard too. At team days, going surfing is pretty much a whole-squad operation. We're welcoming, friendly and we don't care where you come from or what your CV looks like. We believe in our team, and we'll challenge you to be your best, to step up and we'll build your confidence by trusting you to do things - sometimes they're things that nobody has ever done before. If you want to work with excellence and to have the opportunity each day to learn something new, we won't let you down.
Climate, environment, inequality - there is an almost endless list of things that need attention in the 21st century. Our brand started to make sustainability cool. For us this meant using certified organic fabrics in ethically accredited, renewable energy powered factories. As we have grown, (you can read more on our story here) so have our secret projects. These days, we spend most of our time developing advanced technologies for our supply chain. This includes industrial-scale automation and the application of artificial intelligence. We also empower anyone in the world to use our technology through our platform Teemill.com with millions of people able to access, create and buy products that represent the best in sustainable fashion, in most cases without even realising that the product is any different. We have helped some of Europe's biggest charities raise funds with this tech, and our growth is accelerating. The most valuable thing in the world to us though, despite these values, has been the ability to come to work each day with people that embody the spirit, belief and determination that we call Rapanui. We use technology to make cool products that change the world for the better. That is our mission.