Occupational Profile

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.

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. team leader, line leader, process leader, supervisor etc. should problems occur within the process.

Entry Requirements

 Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. To optimise success, candidates will typically have GCSEs in maths and English at Grade 3 or equivalent.


15 – 18 months

Qualifications and Studies

All apprentices will go through a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development in one of the following role options:

  • Production / Assembly
  • Inspection / Quality Assurance
  • Logistics / Material Handling
  • Production Processing / Finishing

All apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualification:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge & Skills)
End Point Assessment

When an Employer believes an apprentice is ready for this stage, the apprentice is put forward for the end point assessment. This includes:

End Point Assessment Elements

  • Observation with Question & Answer
  • Professional Discussion

End Point Assessment Grading

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction