Guidance

Improving operational performance apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the improving operational performance sector.

This intermediate level apprenticeship is a route to becoming a trained operator in the manufacturing sector.

Training opportunities

You could work as a:

  • metal working and machine operative: bending, punching, notching, shearing and cropping sheet metal fabrications
  • CNC (computer numerically controlled) operator: operating CNC machines involved in batch production
  • process operator: treating 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: setting and operating machines during production, planning and setting up the sequence of operations according to drawings, layouts and other instructions
  • materials handler: ensuring 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 like:

  • B-IT administration operative: who looks at the continuous improvement of manufacturing processes leading to higher quality, reduced cost, and reduced delivery lead times
  • B-IT quality control operative: who monitors quality in the manufacturing process, generating statistical and graphic data to measure and ensure continuous quality improvement

Types of apprenticeships

This is an intermediate level apprenticeship. You can train in roles like:

  • 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

Apply for an improving operational performance apprenticeship

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

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