Starting Salary: Job roles and salaries will vary
Qualification: NVQ
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

This Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is a route to becoming a trained operator within the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is one of the largest industries out there – nearly everything we use, eat, drink, or travel in has been manufactured. As an Apprentice, you could focus on either the engineering or manufacturing aspect of production.

You could work as a Metal Working and Machine Operative, bending, punching, notching, shearing and cropping sheet metal fabrications, or as a CNC operator, operating Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines involved in
batch production.

Other job roles include being a 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; a Manufacturing Process Operator, setting and operating machines during production and plans and setting up the sequence of operations according to drawings, layouts and other instructions; and 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, such as being a B-IT Administration Operative, someone who looks at the continuous improvement of manufacturing processes leading to higher quality, reduced cost, and reduced delivery lead times; or a B-IT Quality Control Operative, monitoring quality in the manufacturing process and generating statistical and graphic data to measure and ensure continuous quality improvement.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

Job Roles

Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Metal Working and Machine Operatives
  • Quality Control
  • CNC Operator
  • Maintenance Operator
  • 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
  • NVQ
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

A Manufacturing Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry in order for you to progress within your career.


We have a wide range of adult learning programmes to help you reach your goals.

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