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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).


The Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship will typically take between 12 and 15


Months 1- 12 is for the on-programme delivery of the apprenticeship.

Following this, should apprentices be successful in passing through the Gateway in Month 13.

Month 13-15 is allocated for  End Point Assessment.

End-Point Assessment – Month 13-15

The End Point Assessment is designed to assess the apprentice’s competency and understanding and should directly link to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Apprenticeship Standard. The EPA is made up of two elements.

These are: –

  • Observation with supplementary questioning – Grading Pass or fail
  • Professional Discussion/reflective portfolio with supplementary questioning-Grading Pass/Fail or Distinction.
  • Overall Grading Pass, Fail or Distinction.


typical job roles include roles relating to:

  • Manufacturing operations
  • Process/assembly operations
  • Materials transfer operations
  • Inspection and testing activities

The qualification/standard will provide progression onto other suitable and appropriate

Level 3 and Level 4 manufacturing qualifications.

Entry Requirements

GSCE Grade E/2 or above in English & Maths or Functional Skills Level 1 in English & Maths.

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