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Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship UNIPRES (UK) LIMITED

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.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    6 month performance related pay increase

  • Working week

    Induction training period (first 4 weeks): 7:45am - 4:30pm Normal working hours after induction period: Monday - Thursday 6:45am - 3:03pm (including set breaks) / Friday 7:45am - 11:53am (day release time throughout the apprenticeship).

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    1 Year

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    15 available

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

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

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.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

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

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Time Management, Attendance


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade Grade 3 (or D) and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 3 (or D) and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 3 (or D) and above) Essential

Things to consider

When apprentices move from the Training Academy to work place with the start time being 6:45 am. This early start time can prove difficult for some apprentices who cannot drive, cycle or are unable to obtain a lift - so access to public transport must be researched to ensure punctuality at the start of shift.

About the employer

Unipres UK Ltd is a first tier supplier and makes steel car components for Nissan, Renault and Honda. Our plant is based in Sunderland and has been established for over 30 years. We are a global company powered by local people – focused on achieving product excellence, committed to developing our skilled workforce and dedicated to driving forward innovation across our industry. We currently have around 1000 people employed at Unipres (UK)




Cherry Blossom Way


Tyne And Wear



Georgia Hales


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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