Pre-Apprentice Bus Engineer – New- September start

We have a fantastic opportunity for a pre-apprentice bus engineer with a bus travel operator based in Eastleigh. The successful young person will be developing a range of skills and experience in bus maintenance, duties will include- 

  • To work with nominated tradesperson/ supervisor or team as and when required in order to gain experience in bus maintenance.
  • To take personal responsibility for all plant and equipment issued and to be responsible for all materials supplied.
  • Under direction, ensure all necessary paperwork relating to the job/ section is completed. 
  • Under direction, to ensure that daily checks are completed on any vehicle or plant used to complete works.
  • Required to contribute to the safe working environment of employees within the company by complying with all instruction relating to health and safety.

Working through The Rainbow Project, you will be offered a 12 month position with the prospect of an apprenticeship at the end depending of performance, timekeeping and work ethic within the 12 months.

Person Specification

You will have some interest in mechanics will be in a position where you are wanting to grab an opportunity with fantastic prospects. In this industry excellent time keeping and attendance is key so if you are not ready to get out of bed and be part of a team then please do not apply! Level 1 in Maths and English is also required.

In return you will be offered an amazing experience within a very niche industry and the potential to pursue further by being offered an apprenticeship if all goes well. You may be offered a travel permit after your first month for travel to Eastleigh depending on manager’s discretion.

Minimum wage applies according to age- 37 hours per week for 12 months.

The fine print 

Applications are welcome from disadvantaged / vulnerable people aged 16- 24, who may have experienced poor outcomes as a result of living in care, or having mental health issues, learning difficulties or an offending background. In addition you may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. You will need to be living in an SO postcode area to apply. If you feel you are suitable for the role, please complete a referral form supplied on www.therainbowproject.co.uk and send to info@therainbowproject.co.uk.

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Apprentice Groundworker- September Start

Are you a hands on person who would rather be outside than working behind a desk? We have a great opportunity with a civil engineering contractor who are based in the Southampton area and are looking to help a young person get on the career ladder. They are offering an enthusiastic individual the opportunity to join their apprenticeship scheme which will prepare them for a career in civil engineering.

On the job training with be provided so no experience is necessary and you will also have the opportunity to gain industry relevant tickets such as –

  • CSCS card
  • CPCS Card
  • Dumper license
  • Roller license
  • Manual Handling
  • Banksman Training

Working through The Rainbow Project, you will attend their training programme at the Civil Engineering Centre in Lee-on-Solent for the first 20 weeks of the apprenticeship. After this you will spend the remainder of the apprenticeship with the organisation.

Person Specification

You will have some interest in either construction or civil engineering and will be in a position where you are wanting to grab an opportunity and will work hard to ensure you reach the end of your apprenticeship. In this industry excellent time keeping and attendance is key so if you are not ready to get out of bed and be part of a team then please do not apply! Level 1 in Maths and English is also required.

In return you will be offered an excellent stepping stone into one of the country’s biggest industries. You will be offered travel expenses for your journeys to the Civil Engineering Centre and you will also have all of your industry tickets paid for.

Minimum wage applies according to age. College hours are 8:30-16:30.

The fine print

Applications are welcome from disadvantaged / vulnerable people aged 16- 24, who may have experienced poor outcomes as a result of living in care, or having mental health issues, learning difficulties or an offending background. In addition you may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. You will need to be living in a SO postcode to apply.If you feel you are a suitable young person, please complete a referral form supplied on www.therainbowproject.co.uk and send to info@therainbowproject.co.uk.


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Warehouse Assistant- New- ASAP start

We have a fantastic opportunity for a young person to work with a great organization in product distribution. As a Warehouse Assistant they will be required to handle incoming stock in line with company procedures and will be working as part of a team.

With in house training duties will include: 

  • Ensure all company stock is correctly and safely stored as per manufacturer’s specification.
  • Ensure all incoming deliveries from suppliers are processed quickly and efficiently.
  • Ensure stock counts with anomalies are reported to the Stock Controller/ Line Manager.
  • Ensure all returns are dealt with in an efficient manger.
  • Picking/ packing customer orders, loading vehicles for immediate dispatch.
  • Training in the safe use of manual pallet truck.

25 hours per week based in Eastleigh- National Minimum Wage according to age.

Person Specification 

You must have a practical attitude and be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the role, be a team player, friendly and hard working. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to work in a warehouse environment.

The fine print

Applications are welcome from disadvantaged / vulnerable people aged 18- 24, who may have experienced poor outcomes as a result of living in care, or having mental health issues, learning difficulties or an offending background. In addition you may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. You will need to be living in a SO14-SO19 postcode to apply.If you feel you are a suitable young person, please complete a referral form supplied on www.therainbowproject.co.uk and send to info@therainbowproject.co.uk.


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If you have a young person who is interested in any of the above vacancies or if you are a young person and would like to refer yourself then please download and complete fully one of the forms below and send to info@therainbowproject.co.uk


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