Guidance

Process manufacturing apprenticeships

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

The process manufacturing industries produce products like pharmaceuticals, soap and toiletries. The refining industries (also known as downstream) are responsible for turning crude oil into fuels and lubricants.

Training opportunities

There’s an ongoing demand for highly skilled and flexible scientists, engineers, production operatives, managers and leaders.

This apprenticeship is designed to train operators and technicians that will have the vocational skills and knowledge to help develop products that are safe, clean and sustainable.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of process manufacturing apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • process operator
  • process engineering maintenance operative

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • process operator/technician
  • process engineering maintenance craftsperson/technician
  • downstream field operator/ technician
  • refinery control room operator/ technician

Apply for a process manufacturing apprenticeship

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

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