Lean Manufacturing Operative
Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths will be required to achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. Those with Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths will be required to take the test for Level 2.
Training type e.g block, release days, or at work address
Mode of delivery - blended learning. This may be block study at the employers location, or one-day per week at The Leigh UTC, Dartford.
We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for the Lean Manufacturing Operative (L2) apprenticeship for a launch date of January 2023.
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
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
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.
There are four pathways:-
Inspection/Quality Assurance role.
Logistics/Material handling role.
Production Processing/Finishing role.
There are no specific entry requirements. However, Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths will be required to achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. Those with Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths will be required to take the test for Level 2.
DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF APPRENTICESHIP
The duration of the apprenticeship is between 12-14 months, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment.
QUALIFICATIONS GAINED WITH THIS APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD
The apprentice will achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge & Skills).
Examples of the job titles could include Team Member Production; Manufacturing Production Operative; Manufacturing Assembly Operative; Manufacturing Inspection/Quality Assurance Operative; Manufacturing Logistics Operative; Manufacturing Material Handling Operative and Manufacturing Process/Finishing Operative.
This may be delivered either as block study at the employer's location (closed cohort) or one-day per week at The Leigh UTC, Dartford.