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Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship Level 2

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This Apprenticeship is for learners working in operative roles within manufacturing, production, logistics, material handling or quality and inspection.

Lean Manufacturing is aimed at generating the maximum amount of value for the customer with the least amount of waste. This course has been designed to give apprentices the skills needed to apply Lean Manufacturing methodology to streamline processes and increase efficiency. On this course apprentices will also gain a working knowledge in safe working practices, machinery and tools operation as well as the safe disposal of waste.

Apprentices will work closely with stakeholders and will have clear reporting lines (e.g. team leader, line leader, process leader, supervisor) to ensure appropriate escalation should problems occur within the process.

Course Overview

At the start of your Apprenticeship you will be assigned your own Work Place Co-Ordinator who will be there for you throughout your Apprenticeship to answer any questions you may have. They will also visit you onsite along with your College tutor to make sure your Apprenticeship journey is a comfortable one.

As an apprentice you will be expected to complete one three-hour session per month in a classroom environment and this will be supported with 1-1 tutorials within your workplace. For classroom-based sessions, you will be based in The Employer Hub on the College campus.

During your time as an apprentice you will study a variety of modules, these may include:

  • Health & Safety: Relevant statutory, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to lean manufacturing operations and safe practices

  • Environmental: Compliance procedures/systems in line with regulatory requirements e.g., ISO 14001 or other relevant environmental standards

  • Production: Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to deliver products to meet customers costs/delivery targets/requirements e.g. Just in time (JIT)

  • Lean Manufacturing Operations: Manufacturing standard operation procedures (SOPs) adherence and development of lean processes

  • Quality Control: Process equipment monitoring, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures e.g., ISO 9002 or other relevant quality standards

  • Problem Solving: The tools and methods of effective problem-solving using data, reports, and documents to resolve production related issues e.g. A3 report, graphs, matrices and escalate concerns

  • Continuous Improvement: How to study and identify ways to improve the safety, quality, cost or process efficiency using lean manufacturing tools e.g. kaizen 

  • Communication: How to share information using a range of methods within the manufacturing environment e.g., oral, written, electronic, information boards, visual displays

  • Workplace Organisation: Maintains and monitors the work site efficiently and effectively at all times using the elements of sifting, sorting, sweeping, spick & span (5’s) within the lean manufacturing environment

Nearing the end of your Apprenticeship you will undergo End Point Assessment (EPA) which will determine your final course grade. You will undergo two assessment methods to during the EPA period, which together will lead to you receiving a fail, pass or distinction in your Apprenticeship. Your two methods of assessment will be:

  • Observation with Question & Answer

  • Professional Discussion

For more detail on the Apprenticeship standard for this qualification visit the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of your Level 2 Apprenticeship, you may progress onto a related role such as:

  • Team leader

  • Production Leader

  • Manufacturing Production Operative

  • Manufacturing Assembly Operative

  • Manufacturing Inspection/Quality Assurance Operative

  • Manufacturing Logistics Operative

  • Manufacturing Material Handling Operative

  • Manufacturing Process/Finishing Operative

Alternatively, you may choose to complete further study, moving on to further qualifications such as Level 3 Improvement Technician and Level 4 Quality Practitioner.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships.

Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that apprentices achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the EPA.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the Apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language qualification is accepted as an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.   

How to Apply

If you would like to enquire for this Apprenticeship, please click 'Enquire' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Apprenticeship Team will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can explore our current vacancies on the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' page and apply now.

If you are already employed then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01524 521483.

Course code: A36282-A1A