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Lean Manufacturing Operative (England) Level 2 – Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship, GCS Training
Level 2
Jubilee Court
14-18 months
Telephone: 01792 284400 (Jubilee Court)


This apprenticeship will develop learners into Lean Manufacturing Operatives, a role where candidates are expected to carry out their work safely in a fast-paced environment, whilst developing into multi-skilled operators. Candidates may also be expected to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple projects with different requirements consecutively.

Upon successful completion of the programme, learners will have the knowledge to:

  • Prepare, control, contribute to and complete manufacturing operations
  • Follow manufacturing processes and standard operating procedures
  • Maintain health and safety requirements
  • Contribute, develop and support improvement in the manufacturing operations, through continuous improvement techniques such as kaizen and problem solving
  • Carry out quality checks

Please note that this apprenticeship is for organisations and learners based in England. If you are looking for the equivalent in Wales, please click here.

Key information

Learners will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health and safety
  • Environmental
  • Production
  • Lean manufacturing operations
  • Quality control
  • Problem solving
  • Continuous improvement
  • Communication
  • Work-place organisation

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Examples of job titles include:

  • Team member production
  • Manufacturing production operative
  • Manufacturing logistics operative
  • Manufacturing assembly operative
  • Manufacturing material handling operative

Off the job learning

Learners are required to undertake a minimum of six hours of their working time in off the job learning per week, to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours. By definition, off the job learning is a new form of learning undertaken by an apprentice during their normal working hours, which is directly relevant to the apprenticeship they are undertaking.

The process for off the job learning will be planned during the apprenticeship design based around operational commitments, and can be undertaken on a regular day per week or in planned block sessions, whichever is the best fit for the learner and organisation.

Progress reviews

To ensure learners are progressing in line with the apprenticeship expectations and timescales, we will monitor the learner’s progress and learning quality through a progress review, a three-way meeting between the learner, employer as well as the tutor or assessor. In addition to the progress review, we will ensure that nominated senior members of the organisation are updated on a monthly basis to discuss progress and agree any actions where issues are identified.

Progress reviews can be conducted in-person, or via a video or phone conference.