The Vintage Charm Company Seek Apprentice!

Could you be the Jewellery Designer we are looking for?

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The Vintage Charm Company creates bespoke silver jewellery and gifts featuring the fingerprint impression or hand or foot print of a child or loved one. We sell our products at mother and toddler sessions, children’s play centres, school/nursery events at exhibitions and also via our website.

As a business, we are now over two years old and are expanding rapidly on a nationwide basis. Due to this expansion, we require a Jewellery Designer to assist us in our studio and are delighted to be working with Holts Academy to deliver a Level 2 NVQ in Jewellery Manufacturing.

We are based in our Bromsgrove studio in Worcestershire, and will soon be relocating to larger premises.  Your normal place of work will be at our studio, however you will be required to attend events at other locations on an occasional basis. As part of your NVQ you will also attend The School of Jewellery in Birmingham once a week on a day release where you will develop some fantastic skills and have the opportunity to really hone in on your creative abilities.

This is an exciting and varied role which gives you the chance to get vital and varied experience to improve your future employment prospects. You will develop strong creative skills, learn how to make jewellery and design bespoke pieces and will also gain experience in administration, sales and customer service.

As a Jewellery Designer with The Vintage Charm Company, you will be at the heart of our business ensuring that we continue to produce beautiful products for our customers while making sure we also create new products to keep ahead of the competition.

We are committed to your learning and development and will offer weekly review sessions and lots of scope to take responsibility for some really exciting projects. We will work with you to ensure you are performing to your best by learning new skills as well as developing your existing talents.

This is a fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn and we’re confident that after 12 months, you’ll be ready to progress into a jewellery career or study for a higher level qualification.

 This is a role where you can make a real difference and be proud of what you’ve achieved!  For more information, or to express your interest in this vacancy, find out more by clicking on the document below!

Job Description – Intermediate Apprenticeship in Jewellery Manafacturing March 2013

January Sale – 2 days left!

SALE

Keep some extra money in your purse by bagging yourself £10 off or a £15 voucher!

For existing customers…. Simply order a hand or footprint product using a stamp we already have on file (created from a previous order) and get £10 off your item.

For new customers….  Spend £85 or more between now and 31/01/13 and receive a £15 voucher which you can redeem later in the year.

To order call: 0845 127 7027 and quote ‘JANSALE13’.

 

T&Cs – Existing customers – we must have your previous hand and foot print stamp stored on file from a previous order. It needs to be compatible with the shape or size of the charm you require for your new product. If a new stamp needs to be created then the £10 discount will not apply. Call us for advice if in doubt! New customers – spend £85 or more and receive a £15 voucher to spend between May and September 2013. These offers are not available in conjunction with any other discount, offer or promotion. Offer ends 31/01/13.

The Vintage Charm Company seek Apprentice!

Want to earn up to £100 per week, whilst gaining a valuable qualification and work experience? Then this role could be for you!

WHAT ARE APPRENTICESHIPS?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications such as an NVQ. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.

Apprenticeships normally take around 6-12 months to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. Pay is usually £90-100 per week and no tax and national insurance is payable as this falls below the lower earnings limit for contributions.

There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include;

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining qualifications
  • learning job-specific skills

To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

COMPANY DETAILS: 

The Vintage Charm Company create bespoke silver jewellery and gifts featuring the fingerprint impression or hand or foot print of a child or loved one. We sell our products at mother and toddler sessions, children’s play centres, school/nursery events and exhibitions. We also have a website where customers can purchase products and can host parties for groups where orders can be taken. As a business, we are now 16 months old and require a Business Administrator to assist us with the management of this busy and expanding business.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE?

As a Business Administrator Apprentice, you will get the chance to be involved with some exciting projects and will be at the heart of our business keeping everything ticking over nicely. You will enjoy autonomy in this role and will have the chance to be part of a rapidly expanding business.  This is an exciting and varied role which gives you the opportunity to get vital and varied experience to improve your future employment prospects. You will develop strong marketing, administrative, sales, customer service and creative skills and will also get a flavour for how to run a small company. This role would therefore be particularly useful for any entrepreneurs out there who may be interested in setting up their own business in the future!

We operate from a residential address in Bromsgrove with a studio and office which will be your place of employment. You will be required to attend events at other venues and locations on an occasional basis such as exhibitions and shows. We are committed to your development and offer full and comprehensive training. We will work with you to ensure you are performing to your best and learning new skills as well as developing your existing skills. You will study for a NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration  and will be qualified after between 6 and 12 months. And the good news is, it’s likely you will be far more employable than your counterparts without work experience after completing your Apprenticeship.

Your role as a Business Administrator will include the following tasks:

1. Carrying out research on the internet and by telephone to locate suppliers, costs, venue information, exhibition details and other useful information to ensure successful operation of The Vintage Charm Company.

2.Responsible for ordering stock and supplies and logging all invoices and other expenses on spreadsheets.

3. Designing and printing information and promotional graphics and literature including tables, graphs and posters.

4. Writing and sending letters to customers. suppliers and partners, to promote products, provide updates, confirm sessions bookings and provide confirmation of any actions to be taken.

5. Respond to telephone calls, emails and enquiries from customers, suppliers and partners.

6. Ensure Facebook, Website and Twitter are updated with regular updates, feedback, session times and other useful information.

7. Keep mileage log, customer database, sales reports and other spreadsheets up to date.

8. Liaise with customers to ensure the effective organisation of parties.

9. Attend sessions and exhibitions as required to assist with set up and customer queries, orders etc.

10. Prepare Party Packs, Goodie Bags, Fingerprint Impression Gift Packs for distribution to customers.

11. Ensure stationary and other equipment is replenished on a regular basis.

12. Package and prepare orders for despatch to customers.

13. Assisting with design and roll out of marketing campaigns.

14. Assist with co-ordination of new product launches.

15. Provide full administrative support for franchise programme.

16. Improve existing systems and implement new systems to ensure they are fit for purpose and effective.

17. Process silver charms to fulfil customer orders.

Please send an e-mail to express an interest in this role to: donna@thevintagecharmcompany.co.uk telling us a little about yourself and why you’re interested in this job. We will review all interested parties and send application forms out within the next 2 weeks.

Christmas Gift Guide

We’ve had such a busy few weeks with orders and it’s clear everyone has started thinking about Christmas Gifts now the weather’s turned!

We’re already starting to see advent calendars in the shops, and Christmas themed TV adverts for toys and fancy food.

So, today we’re bringing you our Christmas Gift Guide.

Here, we’ve given you some great inspiration to help you find the perfect present for your loved ones.

For Mum…. 

Why not treat your wife to a truly special gift this year as a big thank you for being a great Mum in 2012.We recommend a Pandora Style Short necklace with beads that she can match to her outfit Instant husband brownie points for you this year and a gift she’s guaranteed to love.

For Dad…..

Our cufflinks make brilliant presents for Dads and can feature one or more children. Not an office type? No problem, why not treat your man to a keyring with one or more fingerprints, hand or footprints. He’ll never lose his car keys again!

For Baby….

Our teddy bears make lovely keepsakes for your little ones and are available in blue or pink. Why not can opt for a solid silver charm featuring your babies hand or foot print on a star or pretty flower shape?

For Nanna…..Our Silver Plated Photo Frames are always a very popular choice with grandparents. A  classic and elegant option perfect for showcasing a picture of the grandchildren. Prices start at just £50.

For Grandad…….What do you buy for the man who has everything? How about a Golf Marker so he can be close to his little rascals even when he’s teeing off! From £55 with a fingerprint or £70 with a hand or footprint and presented in a suede gift bag for safe keeping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share our gift guide with your friends and remember to like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheVintageCharmCompany

 

 

Work Experience with The Vintage Charm Company

The Vintage Charm Company create bespoke silver jewellery and gifts featuring the fingerprint impression or hand or foot print of a child or loved one. We are based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and sell our products at mother and toddler sessions, children’s play centres, school/nursery events and exhibitions and also on-line.

As a business, we are almost 2 years old now and are offering the chance for 15-16 year olds to join us for some work experience.  We have two vacancies for November and two further vacancies for the spring term.  Hours are to be confirmed, but we anticipate each student being available to work between 14 and 30 hours as part of their placement (2 to 4 days).

This is an exciting opportunity which gives you the chance to get vital and varied work experience to improve your future employment prospects. You will develop administrative and organisations skills as well as customer service and creative skills and will get a flavour for how a company runs. This placement would therefore be particularly useful for those with a creative or arty side! We will write a tailored reference for you to use to show future employers or colleges and this is a great role to have on your CV to present to universities or potential employers.

During this work experience, you’ll get the chance to be involved with some exciting projects and will be at the heart of our business working from our studio on The Oakalls, Bromsgrove. We are committed to your development and will work with you to ensure you are performing to the best of your ability and learning new skills as well as developing your existing skills.

During your placement you will perform the following tasks:

1. Designing, printing and laminating information and promotional graphics and literature including tables, graphs and posters.

2. Organisation within The Vintage Charm Company studio to ensure the effective running of the business.

3. Prepare Party Packs, Goodie Bags, Fingerprint Impression Gift Packs and hand and footprint gift packs for distribution to customers.

4. Ensure stationary and other equipment is replenished.

5. Package and prepare orders for despatch to customers.

6. Prepare Christmas Packaging for orders being sent out as Gifts.

7. Make children’s bead gift tins for Christmas Fayres and events.

8. Distributing leaflets.

9. Helping prepare jewellery and products.

 To apply please complete the  form below. We will get back to you as soon as we have considered your application.

Awesome it’s Autumn!

We are sad to say it, but summer is officially over and although we’ve been met with some fresher nights recently, here at The Vintage Charm Company, we’re getting quite excited at the sight of Autumn! With crisp mornings, beautiful rusty shades of orange, brown and red on the trees and Christmas getting closer as each week passes, we’ve decided to celebrate Autumn with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

Here we’ve gathered together some interesting facts and wonder if you’ll be embracing Autumn with a smile…..and a woolly hat and scarf!

  • The official start of the Autumn season in the UK this year was 22nd September
  • Although we’re enjoying Autumn in the UK, not all countries have synchronised seasons. In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa the months of September, October and November are as a matter of fact their Spring season!
  • On Sunday 28 October the clocks will go back, meaning we gain an hour and the nights get darker earlier. Do you have trouble remembering whether to move your clock hands forward or backwards an hour? Remember the phrase ‘spring forwards, fall backwards’ and you won’t forget!
  • You may sometimes hear autumn be referred to as “fall” usually by Americans. Why do they do this? It’s quite literal really, during this season the leaves on trees die and drop to the ground. During the time of middle English, over 500 years ago, phrases such as “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year” were often used, hence the name “fall” now.
  • During Autumn you’ll notice that the leaves aren’t green anymore, but why do leaves change colour? As winter approaches, leaves make a coating which blocks their water source, and without water leaves can no longer produce chlorophyll which gives the leaves their green colouring! Science lesson for the day over.
  • Small mammals start building their nests for hibernation during autumn. Did you know that Hedgehogs normally hibernate from November until around March time. Could you sleep for that long?

We hope you enjoyed our Autumn Trivia and are enjoying one of the most beautiful seasons of all. Tell us what you love about Autumn below….

My first year as a Vintage Charm Company Franchisee – by Helen Batchelor

I’m very excited to say that next month I will have been a franchisee with The Vintage Charm Company for 12 months!

My Daughter, Sophia was born in February 2011 and it was a really difficult decision to make deciding whether I should return to my job after maternity leave. While I was considering my options, I made an appointment with The Vintage Charm Company to have a Fingerprint Christening Bracelet made for Sophia to wear on her special day. During my appointment with Donna, she mentioned that franchise opportunities were available and I knew straight away it was the new challenge I had been looking for!

The last 12 months have been brilliant, I’ve built my franchise up and work two and a half days a week. My working hours fit perfectly around Sophia’s childcare and I get to meet some wonderful families with my job. It’s brilliant that I get to make money doing a job that I love and great that I’ve been able to use my previous experience in retail and HR to my advantage too.  Working for myself also gives me lots of flexibility if Sophia is ill and can’t go to nursery. I get real satisfaction and motivation from seeing the faces of customers when they receive their charms and am looking forward to a great few months of sales in the run up to Christmas – it’s so nice to be able to help customers find that perfect gift for someone special.

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Thinking of following in Helen’s footsteps? To find out more about starting your new career, click here now, https://thevintagecharmcompany.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/new-franchise-opportunity/