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Improving Operational Performance

This Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is a route to becoming a trained operator within the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is one of the largest industries out there – nearly everything we use, eat, drink, or travel in has been manufactured. As an apprentice, you could focus on either the engineering or manufacturing aspect of production.

You could work as a Metal Working and Machine operative, bending, punching, notching, shearing and cropping sheet metal fabrications, or as a CNC operator, operating Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines involved in batch production.

Other job roles include being a Process operator who treats metal or plastic products electrolytically with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium or other metal to provide protective or decorative surfaces or to build up worn surfaces; Manufacturing Process operator who sets and operates machines during production, plans and sets up the sequence of operations according to drawings, layouts and other instructions; and Materials handler, who ensures part-machined or assembled products are delivered at the right time and place for further machining or assembly operations.

There are also office-based roles, such as being a B-IT administration operative, who looks at the continuous improvement of manufacturing processes leading to higher quality, reduced cost, and reduced delivery lead times, or a B-IT quality control operative, who monitors quality in the manufacturing process, generating statistical and graphic data to measure and ensure continuous quality improvement.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Metal working and machine operatives
  • Quality control
  • CNC operator
  • Maintenance operative
  • Process operator
  • Manufacturing process operator
  • Maintenance operator
  • Production inspector
  • Assembly operator
  • Materials handler
  • B-IT administration operative
  • B-IT quality control operative
  • B-IT shop-floor operative


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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