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Polymer processing operations apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the polymer processing operations sector.

Polymer processing deals with the manufacture and production of polymer and synthetic substances, such as plastic, nylon and PVC.

Training opportunities

You will most likely work in either a factory or a workshop and learn how to mass-produce plastic or composite items.

Your training will include:

  • weighing and mixing raw materials
  • learning about the production process
  • testing products
  • maintaining machinery
  • making sure items are made on time and without wasting materials

You’ll need to work quickly on complicated tasks, use numeracy skills to mix materials and to have an eye for detail.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of polymer processing operations apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You’ll train as a polymer/composite operator.

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on the more specialised role of a production operator/technician.

Apply for a polymer processing operations apprenticeship

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

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