Improving Operational Performance Apprenticeship: Student Guide

Manufacturing is one of the largest industries out there – nearly everything we use, eat, drink, or travel in has been manufactured. This apprenticeship is ideal for anyone wanting to work in the engineering industry. You will gain a broad understanding of the manufacturing industry by working both in the office and on the floor. You might schedule materials, monitor production processes, work on the floor as a member of a production team, test the quality of products, and learn health and safety practices.

You could work as a metal working and machine operative, bending, punching, notching, shearing and cropping sheet metal fabrications, or as a CNC operator, operating machines involved in batch production. Other job roles include being a process operator who treats metal or plastic products electrolytically to provide protective or decorative surfaces or to build up worn surfaces, a manufacturing process operator or a materials handler.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.

Intermediate Apprenticeship: This programme provides an all-round grounding in fundamental engineering operations and techniques. You will work towards your Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations and a Level 2 Award in Industrial Environment Awareness. Units include working safely in an engineering environment, carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively and using and communicating technical information. In addition, a wide range of unit options are available to select from.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? 

You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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