Production/Technical Operator Apprentice KNAUF (UK) GMBH

Would you like to earn a salary whilst learning on the job & gaining a qualification? Knauf are currently seeking a Production/Technical Operator Apprentice to carry out manufacturing & autonomous maintenance activities whilst working towards the Level 2 standard, whereby you will gain a full understanding of the technical aspects of production.

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Closing date: 16 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 7am - 3:30pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Main Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

  • You are required to follow company Health and Safety procedures to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
  • The Production Technical apprentice will be expected to support production to ensure the smooth running of the Boardline processes within our plasterboard manufacturing plant.

Daily duties will include;

  • Machine Operation
  • Testing of all materials
  • Understanding and learning of the Boardline process; the process of converting stucco to forming board
  • Communication issues with the team and other production teams on site
  • Working to set KPI’s.
  • Working to tight deadlines, in fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Learning other production processes around the Knauf site
  • Carrying out autonomous maintenance tasks
  • Learning the technical aspect of making plasterboard
  • Demonstrate your ability to carry out the role effectively, efficiently while flexibly maintaining lean manufacturing principles to meet demand
  • Demonstrate skill and knowledge following SOP’s and build knowledge of the plant.
  • Demonstrate their ability to identify and resolve problems within the lean manufacturing environment, using effective problem-solving tools and techniques. Manage problems that may occur during the manufacturing process within the limits of their responsibility and escalate as appropriate.
  • Maintain workplace standards using CI methodology.
  • Demonstrate appropriate process documentation control and testing regime.
  • Direct involvement in training opportunities to develop self and plant knowledge.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to meet and exceed KPI’s.
  • Anything commensurate to complete your role.

The training you will be getting

This Apprenticeship Standard is delivered within the workplace, where the Apprentice will complete a Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative competency and knowledge qualification. IPS will support and train the learner through the component aims with monthly monitoring and assessment visits to the workplace. This will prepare the learner for End Point Assessment that is required for this Apprenticeship. 

To complete this Apprenticeship, the learner must pass Level 1/work towards Level 2 English and maths (or have the appropriate transferable skills). 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Ability to become a Mobile Plant Operator  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent maths and English and Science (Grade 2-9 / A-E) Essential

Things to consider

This apprenticeship will include a mix of working and studying. The successful candidate is expected to complete the full programme for the entire duration. Enrolment onto your apprenticeship programme is subject to prior attainment checks, and your Personal Learning Record will be reviewed upon successful appointment. We are also obligated to follow the guidelines around eligibility, set out by the government apprenticeship funding rules. NB: Please include minimum qualifications (GCSE maths and English grades) in your apprenticeship application. Tailor your application to the vacancy, dedicating 1-2 paragraphs for each question to demonstrate interest in the role and the company. **If you are unsuccessful, you will be automatically added to our Talentpool list where future vacancies will be sent to you. If you would like to opt out of this mailing list please select unsubscribe in the email.**

About the employer

Knauf UK & Ireland are a market-leading manufacturer of lightweight building materials for the construction industry. We are part of the Knauf Group, the world’s largest producer of gypsum-based products for the construction industry.




Knauf UK GmbH

Kemsley Fields Business Park



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Mandy Rai


Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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