Guidance

Combined manufacturing processes apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the combined manufacturing processes sector.

This apprenticeship deals with a major section of the UK paper making industry, which is among one of the most forward-thinking industries in the areas of recycling, energy conservation and the environment.

Training opportunities

As an intermediate level apprentice you could be working in a paper mill or a recovery plant making paper or corrugated board and tissue from wood pulp and recycled materials. On this apprenticeship you’ll learn:

  • how to operate papermaking equipment
  • basic testing and sampling
  • packaging
  • some finishing operations

The advanced apprenticeship has 2 routes of specialisation:

  • process engineering - operating more complex machinery and improving workflow
  • process operations - leading a specific part of the process, possibly in the role of a team leader.

You might also learn some engineering skills and carry out maintenance on machines, or learn how to effectively respond to any problems that may come up - and keep production processes going.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of combined manufacturing processes apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • trainee paper maker
  • stock preparation/raw materials/de-ink operative
  • wet end operative
  • dry end operative
  • coating/chemical additives operative
  • winder operative

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • paper making supervisor
  • experienced paper maker
  • production supervisor
  • paper/product technologist

Apply for a combined manufacturing processes apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education