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Workshop Supervisor

The ReUse Project helps our residents return to the workplace by learning new skills and building confidence. Our residents are invited to attend the project twice weekly. With the help of qualified staff and volunteers, they participate in various activities from sanding, repairing, and renovating donated furniture to upcycling and painting items to be sold in our on-site retail store. Our main workshop is equipped with the relevant hand and power tools to allow residents to work safely and efficiently and we are very proud of the fruits of our labour. 


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Job description: Workshop Supervisor

This position would suit a person who enjoys and has experience of working in joinery and/or construction and who is familiar with relevant health and safety regulations. Equally important is an understanding of, and empathy for, adults who are returning to the workplace and who may need reassurance that they have the capability to make a vital contribution to our work in order to eventually move on to other employment.

Reports to: ReUse Manager

Hours: 3 days a week or split for job share

Location: Exaireo ReUse, Weldon Road

Aim of role: To supervise the work of groups and individuals within the workshop team, as it applies to: furniture, recycled, recovered and restored.

According to the values and ethos of Exaireo and to aid the recovery of Exaireo residents.

Key responsibilities:

  • Establish good working relationships with residents and volunteers

  • Manage an efficient and customer-friendly process from initial enquiries to order fulfilment

  • Encourage and share good ideas with management and the work team

  • Recognise the contribution that work and supportive management make to residents’ road to recovery

  • Prepare to solve problems, give regular feedback to management and propose new ideas to help Re-Use run more effectively

  • Recognise the role of the key worker in residents’ recovery and communicate with them, as appropriate

  • Lead by example and promote strong Christian values


Planning and organising

  • Plan and schedule work projects in good time

  • Allocate tasks to residents and volunteers, according to skill, interests and availability

  • Supervise the work of Exaireo residents and volunteers in the workshop

  • Liaise with workshop management re allocation of tasks

  • Complete and collate time sheets


In addition:

Ideally, take part in the rota to transport residents to and from work, subject to agreed working hours.

Training and performance management

  • Train residents in the use of joinery hand and power tools, according to H&S regulations

  • Maintain up-to-date training records of residents

  • Monitor safe use of tools and power machinery

  • Manage the performance of residents, taking into account individual need

  • Hold regular briefings to bring team together for training and/or communication purposes

  • Motivate and support work team members, individually and as a group

  • Take action on issues arising and communicate with management



  • Manage workshop budgets and expenses

  • Recognise need to purchase additional resources and make a case with management

  • Identify opportunities to sell our products eg events


Workplace practices

  • Maintain a tidy and health and safety compliant workspace

  • Explain and promote the sustainability message to residents and customers

  • Take initial enquiries and sign post them to the relevant person/people 

  • Catalogue items, organise stock and space

  • Educate customers on the purpose and services of Re-Use, our services and our role in the community


In addition, there may be other tasks that you will need to carry out in order to support the work of Exaireo ReUse.

If this position is of interest to you, please apply by letter or email to:

Mr Chris York 

The Exaireo Trust Ltd

The Coneries

Loughborough, LE11 1DZ

If you require any additional information, please call 07591 202172.


01509 266422



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