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Performing Manufacturing Operations at Gateshead College

Course description

The PMO Apprenticeship is a blend of classroom-based and workplace competency-based qualifications, which ensure all learners understand and can implement the fundamental principles of modern manufacturing processes. There are a number of pathways through the qualification; our industry experienced and vocationally competent staff will work with you to decide which the best pathway is for you.

Course content

The Apprenticeship in PMO is typically a 12-month programme, which consists of theory and practical, real working responsibilities. A typical delivery approach may include between 6-12 days theory training, which include the following Apprenticeship components:


  • Industrial Environment Awareness Technical Certificate – this qualification includes everything a learner needs to carry out a manufacturing/engineering role to certified Health & Safety regulations. Additionally, learners will learn the key areas of communication, effective working and working relationships.
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities - this covers 9 key outcomes including, statutory rights and responsibilities to career pathways and gives Apprentices a wider appreciation of their responsibilities and that of the employer.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English – a key component of the PMO Apprenticeship which is critical to every organisation’s success. Learners are initially assessed to ascertain current levels and an appropriate plan is designed to ensure knowledge gaps and appropriate challenging activities are delivered. Learners are given materials that are directly linked and highly relevant to their job role to ensure they are competent and comfortable in specific maths and English terminologies that are used within the host employer’s organisation. Learners are expected to achieve Level 1 in English and maths, unless they are already recently qualified to this level. We will also encourage learners to progress to Level 2, where appropriate.
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS) – learners will fill out an evidence recording document. The PLTS booklet comprises six groups of skills that are essential to success in learning, life and work. The booklet captures the essential skills of managing relationships with others, managing own learning and performance at work. This booklet should be updated throughout the life of the Apprenticeship.


  • After the successful completion of the theoretical components of the Apprenticeship, learners will be allocated an Assessor who will conduct observations in the workplace.
  • Formal observations and reviews take place every 12-weeks to ensure that learners are making progress towards their learning goals.  Reviews also involve the employer, who is able to comment on their employees’ progress.

Future opportunities

We work with some of the most high profile Manufacturing and Engineering employers in the region and nationally and many of our Apprentices gain promotions following completion of their training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016

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