Apprenticeship Standard

Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2

Manufacturing offers opportunities for a varied career as new technologies and processes develop.

Lean Manufacturing Operatives are responsible for safely carrying out manufacturing activities for one or many products, ensuring quality standards and health and safety requirements are met.

They contribute, develop and support improvement in manufacturing operations using continuous improvement methods, kaizen tools, process visualisation, lean principles and problem-solving tools and techniques.

Typical Job Roles: Manufacturing Production Operative; Manufacturing Assembly Operative; Manufacturing Quality Assurance Operative; Manufacturing Logistics Operative; Manufacturing Process/Finishing Operative.



Apprenticeship Duration

12-18 Months

Training method

Blend of online and classroom

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What to expect from Skills Training UK
  • Course content customized for your organisation and its goals.
  • Support from a dedicated trainer who will support with learning, skill competency and developing evidence for assessment.
  • Individual support and mentoring to make every apprenticeship a success.
  • Access to our virtual learning environment with virtual classes, on-demand videos and tasks to reinforce learning.
What does an employer need to do?
  • provide the learner with the opportunity to take part in work and projects which to produce a portfolio of evidence required for Apprenticeship assessment and completion.
  • Take part in progress reviews at regular intervals.
  • Have some involvement in the project(s) being undertaken.
  • Allow the apprentice an agreed amount of classroom time.

What is included in the Standard?


  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Production roles and responsibilities
  • Lean Manufacturing Operations
  • Quality Control – equipment monitoring, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures
  • Problem Solving
  • Continuous Improvement to improve safety, quality, cost or process efficiency using lean manufacturing tools e.g. kaizen
  • Communication
  • Work Place Organisation

Skills and Practical Application

  • Work safely, complying with legislation.
  • Manage tooling, equipment and materials in-line with standards
  • Comply with environmental procedures and contribute to the achievement of standards
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out production using Lean Manufacturing principles
  • Demonstrate their skill and knowledge following Standard Operating Procedures
  • Quality Control – Demonstrate appropriate process documentation control.
  • Problem Solving
  • Continuous Improvement – Generate ideas and contribute to process improvement activities individually or as part of a team
  • Communication Skills
  • Work Place Organisation (5s)


  • Punctual, reliable and takes responsibility
  • Show respect for others, regard for equality and diversity
  • Respond positively to change
  • Integrates within the team and supports others
  • Can work independently and effectively
  • Maintains quality of work under pressure
  • An open and honest communicator
  • Listens to other people’s opinions
  • A positive and respectful attitude
  • Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Seeks opportunities to develop

Eligability criteria

Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the Independent End Point Assessment.


Qualifications and professional recognition

Level 3 competency.

End Point Assessment

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, the learner needs to pass an independent End Point Assessment which consists of two assessment methods:

  • Two hour observation with question and answers
  • Professional discussion referencing the Apprentice’s evidence log

The trainers do a fantastic job of using real-life examples people can relate to and remember. There’s been a real mind-set change here in being more organized and efficient. The projects undertaken have really focused on improving quality and efficiency – our production quality is the best it’s ever been.

Diana Srinivasan, HR Business Partner, Photobox

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