Apprenticeship Standards Engineering Operative

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This level 2 apprenticeship standard is designed as a minimum 12-18 months programme and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competences required to work in an engineering operative role.

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Engineering operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the engineering and manufacturing sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a workforce with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.

The role covers a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers. Dependent on the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of composition and application of the job role specific skills and knowledge they will require, however the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area they work in.

Examples of the occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are: Servicing and maintenance operative; machine setter/operative; mechanical engineering operative; fabricator; engineering fitter; multi-disciplined engineering operative; materials, processing and finishing operative, technical support operative, founding/casting operative.

Mandatory requirements

Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 1 will need to achieve this and those without level 2 will need to take the tests for level 2 prior to taking the EPA. 

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those for whom this is their primary language.

Mandatory qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge)



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