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Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeships level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeships give employees the skills and knowledge needed to carry out a range of manufacturing processes at semi-skilled and operator level.

You will spend the majority of your time working with an employer, learning the required skills on the job. You will also spend one day per week in college, working on your portfolio and backing up your work with theoretical knowledge.

Course content

Apprentices may work in the following sectors:

Manufacturing Process Operator - Sets and operates machines during production, plans and sets up the sequence of operations according to drawings, layouts and other instructions

Production Inspector - Inspects sub-assemblies or finished products for faults before the next phase of production or delivery to the customer

Assembly Operator - Assemble products using jigs and tools You may also find work in the following sectors: electrical, electronic, automotive, aviation, metal goods, marine etc. 

The course consists of 40 hours per week, which includes a one day a week attendance at college. The day you are in college you will be doing some workshop sessions and some theory sessions learning about how to do new tasks. You will have chance to work on your portfolio and write up what you have learnt on the job. If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will also be delivered in college.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above (or equivalents), to include English Language and Maths.


Examinations for Functional Skills

Assessment of evidence for NVQ

Financial information

For this course you will be required to own PPE (boots & overalls).

Future opportunities

This course opens up a wide range of opportunities, often leading to offers of full-time employment. You may progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship course (Level 3) – often with the same employer, or you may decide that a different area of work interests you and could access an Apprenticeship in that area.

Future Opportunities Career opportunities could include working in technical support, CAD Inspection, Maintenance, Machining, Toolmaker or fitting

Further information

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated and enthusiastic. You should have good Maths and English skills and can work well as part of a team. You must be prepared for hard work and be good with your hands. It helps to be conscientious and a good team player.

Qualification Titles Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Manufacturing Practices  Functional Skills (Level 1) in Maths & English Personal Learning & Thinking Skills Employment Rights & Responsibilities

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: GWIEN1 


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