This apprenticeship is specifically aimed at developing the next generation of Lean Manufacturing Operatives, providing you with the necessary skills for a successful career in manufacturing. Learn and contribute to production operations – producing steel components for car manufacturers including Nissan and Renault.

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main duties and responsibilities of this apprenticeship include:

  • Producing products by assembly or processing operations
  • Quality checking to ensure compliant with company standards
  • Understanding of standard operations and knowledge of Strike Zones, Ergonomics and Signage
  • Improving current Assembly/Press facilities
  • Working within a team to support manufacturing operations

Training and qualification levels After the initial 4 week training period, where both theoretical and practical training takes place, studies continue on a day release basis at the Unipres Training Academy (at main site) on Fridays. The qualification you will achieve throughout the apprenticeship will be the following: EAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge and Skills) 603/3589/0 You will develop knowledge, understanding and demonstrate skills including:

  • Health & Safety: Relevant statutory, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to lean manufacturing operations and safe practices
  • Environmental: Compliance procedures/systems in line with regulatory requirements e.g. ISO 14001 or other relevant environmental standards
  • Production: Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to deliver products to meet customers costs/delivery targets/requirements
  • Lean Manufacturing Operations: Manufacturing standard operation procedures (SOPs) adherence and development of lean processes
  • Quality Control: Process equipment monitoring, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures e.g. ISO 9001 or other relevant quality standards
  • Problem Solving: The tools and methods of effective problem solving using data, reports and documents to resolve production related issues e.g. A3 report, graphs, matrices and escalate concerns
  • Continuous Improvement: How to study and identify ways to improve the safety, quality, cost or process efficiency using lean manufacturing tools e.g. kaizen
  • Communication: How to share information using a range of methods within the manufacturing environment e.g. oral, written, electronic, information boards, visual displays
  • Work Place Organisation: How to maintain a safe and efficient work site through work place organisation e.g. 5s and process ownership

If required Maths and English Level 1 and/or Level 2 Functional Skills will form a part of your apprenticeship. Future prospects There are opportunities for progression onto higher level apprenticeships, particularly Level 3 Engineering Maintenance Technician’s. Since 2016, 24% of our higher level apprenticeship students have progressed from the Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship.

  • Full Time Production Operative
  • Level 3 Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship or an appropriate Level 3 Apprenticeship progression programme

Job Type: Apprenticeship Salary: £10,910.64


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking
  • Wellness programme


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Performance bonus

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Sunderland, SR5 3NT: reliably commute or be willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (required)


  • GCSE or equivalent (preferred)

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