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Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

​There are a number of components that make up a Performing Manufacturing Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship. Here you will find an outline of the qualifications you will achieve and the units and vocational areas you will cover throughout your training as well as other important information such as timescales, funding and what this qualification can lead to.


Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance, which includes:


  • A competence qualification: NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • A knowledge qualification: Level 2 Award in Industrial Environment Awareness
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Functional Skills English Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

    The apprenticeship is made up of mandatory units which cover the essential skills required for working in a manufacturing environment, such as meeting regulatory requirements and working effectively with colleagues. There are then a variety of optional units to choose from which focus on the specific tasks you carry out within your role which could include:

    • Understanding health and safety and working safely
    • Preparing, carrying out and handing over manufacturing operations
    • Contributing to improving effectiveness
    • Producing and finishing products
    • Contributing to inspection and quality improvement

      How Much Does It Cost?

      About The Training

      ​Assessment method: There are various methods available that can be tailored to suit your needs, such as:

      • Observation
      • Examination of case history
      • Product evidence
      • Witness testimony
      • Questioning

      All teaching, learning and assessment for the qualification will take place in the workplace. There is no requirement to attend college.

      Want More Detailed Information?

      View the NVQ standards here.

      View the Technical Certificate standards here.

      What About The Future?

      ​It is likely that a significant number of Intermediate Apprentices will progress on completion of this pathway to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture at Level 3, as this is the preferred method of acquiring basic manufacturing skills among employers.

      More generally, most ex-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, while at the same time this affords the opportunity to undertake Further Education qualifications or an Advanced Apprenticeship to upgrade their competence and knowledge to fully skilled status. The Advanced Apprenticeship offers a choice of 14 occupational sub-sectors such as aerospace, automotive, marine, electrical / electronics etc. This gives wide ranging opportunity.

      The general nature of the Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2 NVQ can also allow for apprentices to move between and across manufacturing sectors.

      To further assist apprentices plan their careers we recommend they visit the following websites:

      Further Information

      ​Entry requirements: You must be employed in a manufacturing environment carrying out manufacturing tasks for at least 16 hours per week.

      Entrants to this pathway are likely to primarily be school leavers who have completed their GCSE studies and in some cases relevant vocational activity such as a Diploma in Engineering,

      Pre-Apprenticeship programme or extended work experience. More specifically they may:

      • have previous employment or work experience in the sector or
      • have completed a 14 to 19 Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing or
      • have GCSE’s in English, Maths and Science (grade D to E or higher) or
      • are keen and motivated to work in the engineering/manufacturing industry or
      • are practically minded and want to work with their hands or
      • are willing to undertake a course of training both on-the-job and off-the job and apply this learning in the workplace or
      • have completed a Young Apprenticeship in Engineering or other related area or
      • have a Welsh Baccalaureate (Welsh applicants) or
      • have an interest in problem solving and organising activities or
      • have completed tests in basic numeracy, literacy and communications skills and have spatial awareness.

        Other entrants may have experience from working in the sector in a manufacturing context, and are now seeking to become qualified by undertaking an apprenticeship programme.

        Particular interest would be shown to those applicants who have had previous work experience or employment in the sector, and are now seeking to become qualified by undertaking an apprenticeship programme.

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