Apprenticeship In Manufacturing

Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)
Newly qualified apprentices will start off by carrying out semi-skilled job roles within manufacturing. It is likely that a period of consolidation will be required in these roles before progression can take place. Most will aspire to a combination of internal promotion within the company to team leader or supervisor level. Progression is possible into Higher Education including Higher Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees and Higher National Certificates. On average as any apprentice you can expect to earn between £120 and £150 per week. Once qualified you can expect to earn on average between £300 and £500 per week.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether you have just left school or you have been working for years. Preferred entry requirements are GCSE Maths, English and ICT, grades A-D or
equivalent. Other grades will be looked at on an individual basis. An interest in making things and understanding how things work would also be advantageous.
For you to be successful in your chosen career, you’ll need the right skills and qualifications and you don’t have to sit in a classroom all day to get them. With a Manufacturing Apprenticeship you will learn on the job, achieve a recognised qualification and gain skills and knowledge to help you progress in your career. Working alongside experts in different fields you’ll learn how to operate within a manufacturing environment and get the chance to develop your experience in a range of different disciplines. 

As an apprentice you will have a dedicated assessor who will visit you at your place of employment regularly to carry out progress reviews and assessments, which will include a range of written and practical tasks.

Your qualification will require you to provide sufficient evidence to show that you can work to the national standard. Your assessor will help you to compile the evidence needed. 

There will also be regular Progress Reviews. These Reviews give you, your employer and your assessor the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the progress that you are making
  • Identify and resolve any issues which you or your employer may wish to raise
  • Identify and put into place any additional support that you would find useful to help improve your performance
  • Recognise your achievements
  • Set realistic targets towards gaining your qualification

Other Qualifications involved:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Level 2 Certificate in Manufacturing Practices
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English & Maths
  • Level 2 Subsidiary Award in Employment & Personal Learning at Work

As a Manufacturing Apprentice you are likely to be responsible for the setting and operation of machines during production. You will also be responsible for the planning and setting of the sequence of operations according to drawings, layouts and other instructions. You may also assemble products using jigs and tools and inspect sub-assemblies or finished products for faults before the next phase of production or delivery to the customer. You will also learn how to work to the correct standards of health and safety, be a team player and have the initiative and the ability to solve problems. Typical roles within the manufacturing sector are Plant and Process Operatives, Production Operatives, Production Inspectors, Moulders, Core Makers and Die Casters and Assembly Operators. Typically the sectors you could work in are the electrical, electronic, glass manufacture, plastic moulding and metal goods sectors.

As a Manufacturing Apprentice you must be willing to both listen and learn and to accept changing priorities and working requirements, work effectively with others in a team whilst maintaining effective professional working relationships, ability to complete work to schedule, organise work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing items used, maintaining work area and sustaining order, actively engage in wider business and look to provide information that positively contributes to the business, attention for detail, monitor and check work meets specifications. 

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development