Manufacturing Apprenticeships: What you need to know and how to apply for the right one for you

Manufacturing Apprenticeships offer an extensive range of opportunities to school leavers. Manufacturing is all around us, they are involved in the design, developing and testing of goods covering food, chemicals, textiles, equipment and machinery.  The manufacturing industry is closely associated with a branch of engineering, find out more about engineering Apprenticeships.

What do manufacturing Apprenticeships involve?

Manufacturing Apprenticeships combine on the job practical training with academic study where you’ll explore a wealth of learning and development throughout your Apprenticeship. You’ll increase your skills technically and hands on capabilities.

Watch this video learn about being a Rolls-Royce Manufacturing apprentice:

According to The Manufacturer ‘Manufacturing contributes £6.7tn to the global economy.’  Manufacturing is vital to the UK economy and a current shortage of skilled workers means it’s never been a better time than now to start a manufacturing Apprenticeship as young people working within this industry are high in demand.

Let’s look at a small handful of roles available to you:

  • Production Process Operator – Process operators are responsible for the safety and efficiency of manufacturing plant, the facilities equipment and tools. They also operate machinery and ensure everything is running as expected.
  • Welding and Fabricator – Welder and fabricators can be based in construction or manufacturing companies and are involved in creating new structured and frames to replace or repair current ones. You’ll also learn how to interpret engineering drawings and blueprints.
Manufacturing Apprenticeships
  • Manufacturing Engineer – As a manufacturing engineer you’ll be involved with the design, fabricating and production of a range of products. You could be developing new vehicles, food manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and much more.
  • Food Manufacturer – Food manufacturers are involved with food production and packaging. You’ll also ensure packaging isn’t harmful to the environment and making sure nutrition guidelines are met.

Skills and Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Are you a critical thinker with excellent communication skills? As a manufacturing apprentice you’ll need to be able to work as part of a team and communicating effectively is a must. You’ll also need to be keen to learn and develop.

Who could I work for?

You could be working for some of the largest manufacturing companies in the UK. Employers include GSK, Unilever, Leonardo, Morrisons and Rolls Royce.

Apprenticeship Frameworks

Here is a list of Apprenticeship frameworks for manufacturing:

  • Manufacturing Engineering – Level 2, 3, 4
  • Jewellery Manufacturing – Level 2, 3
  • Process Manufacturing – Level 2, 3
  • Fashion and Textiles – Level 2, 3
  • Glass Industry – Level 2, 3
  • Food and Drink – Level 2, 3
  • Print and Printed Packaging – Level 2, 3
  • Sciences – Level 4, 5

Due to frameworks not always working, Apprenticeships are changing. Some developments are already approved and ready for delivery whereas others are still undergoing development. By 2020 it is expected that all frameworks will be replaced with standards.

Apprenticeship Standards

Here is a list of Apprenticeship standards that have been approved and are ready for delivery:

  • Composites Technician – Level 3
  • Control/Technical Support Engineer – Level 6
  • Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer – Level 6
  • Food and Drink Advanced Processor – Level 3
  • Food and Drink Process Operator – Level 2
  • Furniture Manufacturer – Level 2
  • Manufacturing Engineer – Level 6
  • Non-Destructive Testing Operator – Level 2
  • Non-Destruction Testing Engineering Technician – Level 3
  • Projects Control Technician – Level 3
  • Science Industry Maintenance Technician – Level 3
  • Science Manufacturing Process Operative – Level 2
  • Science Manufacturing Technician – Level 3
  • Currently undergoing developments still are the following:
  • Wood Product Manufacturing – Level 3
  • Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2
  • Manufacturing Technology Engineer – Level 6
  • Lean Manufacturing Operative – Level 2
  • Glass Manufacturing Operator – Level 3
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing Manager – Level 6
  • Advanced Manufacturing Fitter – Level 3

Applying for Manufacturing Apprenticeships

You can find a wide range of manufacturing vacancies at Careermap across the UK. Can’t find any suitable for you? Simply register your CV online to be found by top employers.


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