Lean Manufacturing Apprentice URM (UK) LIMITED

Working Monday-Friday, working a 40-hour week with paid breaks. At one of our 3 Yorkshire sites: South Kirkby, Knottingley & Doncaster. As a Lean Manufacturing Apprentice, the objective of the role is to understand the daily responsibilities of various roles within the business. Follow SOP's, understand quality testing and all daily operations.

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Closing date: 24 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.40 per hour to start, with a reviews every 3 months which could result in an increase based on performance.

  • Working week

    8 hrs per day, Monday - Friday between operational hours of 6am - 6pm. Shifts to be confirmed. No evenings or weekend work required. With paid breaks.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Attend Apprenticeship training days periodically as required by the training provider and business, whilst ensuring that you are doing your best to complete the apprenticeship to the highest standard
  • Checking components for damage and whether they are in an useable condition
  • Follow the correct SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedure’s) with time constraints and the roles and responsibilities identified for the production department
  • Understanding the structure and roles required within URM that aid production
  • Understand how we safely move the correct materials to various locations, using the appropriate procedures
  • Work alongside the Quality Tester to carry out quality checks that are to be moved and dealing with quality concerns
  • Assist in the monitoring and controlling of processed material to ensure that the finished product is what the customer requires
  • Review Environmental Operative Role Description
  • Continuously monitor the flow of material through the plant and the various processing and sorting machines in a proactive manner that maximises the throughput, achieves the maximum efficiency possible whilst making sure that all quality specifications are met
  • Undergo training to operate the relevant machinery required for the daily duties at a URM site
  • Understand and learn how to complete the relevant paperwork required for an effective shift hand over
  • Ensure you properly understand how all plant screens are kept clean throughout the shift, are free from damage and any finger bars or screen meshes that need changing through wear are done so in a timely and effective manner
  • Understand how we operate on a daily basis to ensure that our product is the best quality, and we meet customer requirements
  • Obtaining and following the correct job instructions, inspection/quality procedures
  • Collecting production samples at the required frequency in accordance with inspection specifications and operating procedures
  • Accurately interpreting the data/results gained from the inspection and testing procedures
  • Use of H&S online tool to report any and all on-site H&S issues or concerns

The training you will be getting

Apprentice training will commence once a month at 1 of our 3 Yorkshire sites. If you are unable to drive or get there, please do not be deterred. We will arrange travel for these training days.

The duration of the apprenticeship is 12 months. On completion, you will receive a Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills).

Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that apprentices achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Hopefully, a full-time position in a role that suits you within our business. 

We will conduct regular reviews to assess your capability and understand where you want to go in your career. 

We have positions in environment, quality and production, which would all be a natural progression from the apprenticeship. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Hopefully, a full-time position in a role that suits you within our business. 

We will conduct regular reviews to assess your capability and understand where you want to go in your career. 

We have positions in environment, quality and production, which would all be a natural progression from the apprenticeship. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Team working, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 2) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 2) Desired

Things to consider

Varied role, in which you will learn several roles in the business. Some of these include working in a plant, which processes glass for recycling, environmental positions, are more outdoors. You can expect a combination of working in and outdoors on a daily basis.

About the employer

URM are the UK’s largest purchaser and recycler of waste glass. Processing 1 million tons of raw product a year across our 4 sites. The Company has exciting plans to grow through continuing investment into new technology that will increase both volume and yield. We aim to promote an exciting culture across all areas of the business, one where all ideas are valued, and we have a proven track record for the encouragement, training, development, and promotion of our people.




49 Lidgate Crescent Lidgate Crescent

Langthwaite Business Park

South Kirkby



Keira Robbins



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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

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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