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Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship Level 2

The Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship has been developed to support learners who are required to prepare, control, contribute to and complete manufacturing operations, follow manufacturing processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) whilst adhering to specific safe working policies and procedures. It provides a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours and takes around 15 months to complete.   


To achieve the Lean Manufacturing Operative standard each learner must:


  • Work towards a EAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge and Skills) through compiling a portfolio of evidence.   

  • Have regular 1-to-1s with their line manager.

  • Work with their training provider who will provide training and resources to support learning in meeting Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours set out by the Lean Manufacturing Operative Standard.

  • Complete a minimum of 20% off-the-job (OTJ) training. 

  • Achieve Functional Skills maths and English at Level 1 and taken tests for Level 2, prior to EPA Pass End Point Assessment (EPA).

  • Pass End Point Assessment (EPA).


EAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (Knowledge and Skills)


The qualification is a combined knowledge and competence qualification. It is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of evidence.


The course consists of:


5 Mandatory Units

  • Health and Safety

  • Communicating and Working Effectively

  • Working Relationships and Individual Rights and Responsibilities

  • Application of Workplace Organisation

  • Work-Related Problem-Solving Techniques


Optional Units Group A

(at least 2 units to be completed)

  • Preparing for Manufacturing Operations

  • Concluding Manufacturing Operations

  • Controlling Manufacturing Operations

Optional Units Group B

(at least 1 unit to be completed)

  • Producing Products by Assembly Operations

  • Transferring Materials for Manufacturing Operations

  • Receiving and Checking Incoming Materials for Manufacturing Operations

  • Producing Products by Processing

  • Finishing Products

  • Analysing the Results of Inspection and Confirming Quality of Production

  • Carrying out Inspection and Testing Activities

  • Recording and Reporting Inspection and Test Results

End Point Assessment (EPA)

End Point Assessment is carried out by an external organisation. End Point Assessment is made up of:

  1. Observation with question and answers - The apprentice is observed by an Independent Assessor from the EPAO undertaking a range of day to day workplace activities which allow the apprentice to demonstrate the full range of their knowledge, skills and behaviours. The observation will include questioning to clarify knowledge and understanding. This will last around 2 hours.

  2. Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence - The professional discussion will be with an Independent Assessor and will last for 40 minutes. The on-programme portfolio of evidence will be used to support the professional discussion.


In order to pass the End Point Assessment, the learner must achieve 100% of the pass criteria, in order to achieve a distinction, the learner must achieve 100% of the pass criteria and distinction criteria, during their professional discussion, set out in the Institute for Apprenticeships End Point Assessment Plan.

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