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Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship – Level 2

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About the course

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).

Topics and units

  • Relevant statutory, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to lean manufacturing operations and safe practices
  • Compliance procedures/systems in line with regulatory requirements e.g. ISO 14001 or other relevant environmental standards
  • Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to deliver products to meet customers costs/delivery targets/requirements
  • Manufacturing standard operation procedures (SOPs) adherence and development of lean processes
  • Process equipment monitoring, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures e.g. ISO 9002 or other relevant quality standards
  • 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
  • How to study and identify ways to improve the safety, quality, cost or process efficiency using lean manufacturing tools
  • How to share information using a range of methods within the manufacturing environment
  • How to maintain a safe and efficient work site through work place organisation e.g. 5s and process ownership

Careers and progression

After successful completion, many apprentices remain employed with the company and move onto Level 3 Engineering qualifications

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old. You will need GCSEs Grade 9-4 (A-C) which must include English Language and Maths, or Level 2 Functional Skills equivalent.

Additional information

The qualification is achieved when all the necessary units have been completed. We at Telford College deliver and assess a whole range of subjects and qualifications to support learners in these areas including EAL’s Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.

All units are heavily loaded with taught input, both practical and theoretical. The structure is there to produce a rounded individual who is capable of working in a variety of situations and environments, which will be more attractive to prospective employers in the future. We also ask that the company keeps training matrixes and that additional courses are offered where and when they are needed.

All the standards are delivered in College in conjunction with support in business from the assessment team.

Behaviours is a big area which is constantly monitored in college and with the individuals and their mentors.

What to do next

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Full time


12 months


Haybridge Road


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