Polymer Processing Apprenticeship: Student Guide

Polymer processing deals with the manufacture and production of polymer and synthetic substances, such as plastic, nylon and PVC. Plastic is incredibly versatile and can be made from different ingredients, moulded into any shape, and put to a huge range of uses across industry and the rest of society, from carrier bags to electrical cables. It’s no surprise that the polymer industry is one of the most important areas of manufacturing in the UK. One factory is likely to produce many different kinds of plastic items.

An Apprentice would normally work in either a factory or a workshop and learn how to mass-produce plastic or composite items. They would weigh and mix raw materials, learn about the production process, test products, maintain machinery and make sure items are made on time and without wasting materials.

Such is the diverse nature of the products manufactured, Apprentices may find that they will be required to manufacture some products or components by hand-based methods. Production requires practical skills that will require the Apprentice to work quickly on complicated tasks, to use numeracy skills to mix materials and to have an eye for detail.

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.

On the Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship, the framework includes:

  • Certificate in Polymer Processing Level 2
  • Key/functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT (Level1)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

At Advanced Level 3, the framework includes:

  • Diploma in Polymer Processing Level 3
  • Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing Level 3
  • Key/functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT (Level2)

PTIC’s unique Apprenticeship and framework includes the above plus:

  • Polymer Industry Appreciation
  • PTIC’s Technology Courses at Level 2 (specific to process)
  • Waste Awareness
  • PEO (subject to college delivery)

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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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