The Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship course combines developing your practical and theoretical skills at College, together with experience gained in the workplace.
This course is designed to give you the relevant training and education required to become a successful employee within engineering manufacture. Learning through practical and theory sessions at the College is teamed with work-based experience and training in order to achieve a level 2 in a specific trade or technical field.
The Manufacturing Industry offers an exciting and varied career both in the UK and abroad providing a broad spectrum of opportunities for people to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment.
Businesses within the sector range from small family run manufacturing operations to large multi-national companies driving the countries growth & wealth.
The UK’s Manufacturing Industry is highly regarded worldwide for its innovation and manufacturing excellence and requires a high degree of skill and knowledge across all levels of their organisations.
A Lean Manufacturing Operative will be expected to carry out their work safely and meet the exacting quality standards demanded in a fast paced and efficient processing environment and develop into a multi-skilled operator through process ownership. A lean manufacturing operative can be required to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively e.g. automotive manufacturing – Multi models manufacturing results in the manufacturing of different models of vehicle with different specification variants within a high volume environment.
They will be required to prepare, control, contribute to and complete manufacturing operations, and follow manufacturing processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) whilst adhering to specific safe working policies & procedures. A Lean Manufacturing Operative will be responsible for maintaining Health and Safety requirements at all times e.g. wearing correct Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) correct use of equipment and tooling, safe stopping and resetting of machinery, maintain an organised work area e.g. 5s (Sifting, Sorting, Sweeping, Spick & Span and Sustain) ensuring the safe disposal of waste in line with environmental systems and regulatory requirements (ISO 14001). They will be required to contribute, develop and support improvement in the manufacturing operation using continuous improvement methods, kaizen tools, process visualisation using lean principles and problem solving tools and techniques. They will be responsible for carrying out quality checks throughout the manufacturing operations to ensure quality is built in and that any defects or concerns are highlighted and dealt with in line with relevant quality standards (ISO 9002).
They will work closely with stakeholders and will have clear reporting lines to ensure appropriate escalation e.g. teamleader, line leader, process leader, supervisor etc. should problems occur within the process.
Examples of the job titles from across the manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are: Team Member Production; Manufacturing Production Operative; Manufacturing Assembly Operative; Manufacturing Inspection/Quality Assurance Operative; Manufacturing Logistics Operative; Manufacturing Material Handling Operative; Manufacturing Process/Finishing Operative.
A Lean Manufacturing Operative must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the specialist requirements in ONE job specific role.
|Health and safety within a manufacturing environment-4 weeks|
|Communicating and working effectively within a manufacturing environment-4 weeks|
|Working relationships and individual rights and responsibilities within a manufacturing environment-4 weeks|
|Application of workplace organisation-5 weeks|
|Work related problem solving techniques-5 weeks|
|Preparing for manufacturing operations-3 weeks|
|Controlling manufacturing operations-3 weeks|
|Producing products by processing-2 weeks x 5 days blocks|
The advanced manufacturing sector has developed to include a wide range of new technologies and can involve the manufacturing of a number of different products with different specifications at any given time. This can result in lean manufacturing operatives being required to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively e.g. automotive manufacturing – Multi model manufacturing results in the manufacturing of different models of vehicle with different specification variants within a high volume manufacturing environment.
In addition to the core knowledge and skills Lean Manufacturing Operatives must complete ONE of the following job roles options:
Job role option 1: Lean Manufacturing Operatives working within a Production/Assembly role will be able to meet the requirements of two different production/assembly processes or assignments:
Job role option 2: Manufacturing Operatives working within an Inspection/Quality assurance role will have:
Job role option 3: Manufacturing Operatives working within a Logistics/Material handling role will be required to:
Job role option 4: Manufacturing Operatives working within a Production processing/finishing role will have:
The candidate should be suitably employed within the engineering industry, and be dedicated and committed to their study. Applicants will be required to attend an interview where they will also be required to sit a paper based trade test and basic skills assessments in literacy and numeracy. Candidates should also have 4 GCSEs (grades A*-E), or equivalent, including English , maths and science.
Possible progression to a Level 3 Improvement technician, Level 3 Machinist or Level 3 Metal Fabricator. Our Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships can be found here.
Career pathways may include progression within technical and craft support roles, in industries where engineering processes are used. The general nature of the Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2 NVQ can also allow for apprentices to move between and across manufacturing sectors.
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
Other qualifications (Title / Level)
Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge & Skills)
College attendance will be required over the duration of the course and will be determined post-application.
A Lean Manufacturing Operative requires the behaviours that will ensure they are:
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy. Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you. Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.
Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.
Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.
College attendance will be required over the duration of the course and will be determined post-application.
Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work-based tasks.
Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.
As part of our service we can support your business with:
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Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.
|Duration||Am minimum of 12 months (this does not include EPA period)|
|Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)||£6,000|
|Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)||£300|
Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.
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