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Wood Product Manufacturing Operative - Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2

Overview

The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce high volume, repetitive, engineered products from timber. Presenting a wide and varied specification for both external and interior applications, products such as roofing components, windows, doors, door-sets, staircases and other timber construction items including trussed rafters, spandrel panels, metal web beams, and I-beams.As well as utilising traditional materials, they use engineered and modified timbers to support product design and delivery, for example Accoya and Thermowood. They cut, layout and assemble materials, working to a specification. Depending on the product, they may install fixtures and fittings, apply finishes and add glazing systems. Wood product manufacturing operatives typically work individually but can also form part of a larger production team and will report to the production supervisor/manager. Workplaces can be wide ranging from small workshops to large state of the art manufacturing facilities.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with customers, delivery personnel, design office, internal stores and suppliers, depending on the size of the organisation.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completing their own work to specification, with minimal supervision, ensuring they meet set deadlines. They are responsible for meeting quality requirements and working in accordance with health and safety and environmental considerations.

 

Entry requirements

Each apprenticeship programme will have its own set of entry requirements. You should understand these before making an application. Individual prior attainment will always be carefully considered when planning an apprenticeship programme.

You will need to be aged 16 years and over to be eligible for an apprenticeship programme. As this is a work-based qualification you must be employed in a relevent role and have a contract of employment to cover the duration of the apprenticeship programme. Here at West Nottinghamshire College we have a recruitment team that can help you to find the right opportunity. Call the main college number and ask for the apprenticeship team to find out how we could help you.

As an applicant, you will undertake assessment in both maths and English prior to enrolment to ascertain current working levels which will aid the creation of an individual learning plan towards achieving maths and English at level 2 if not already achieved.

If you have passed maths and English GCSE or equivalent you will be required to evidence this with certificates which will may result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification within the apprenticeship framework. Please note that as an apprenticeship you are required to demonstrate ongoing improvement in both maths and English even if you are exempt from the tested element.

Start dates and fees

 

This apprenticeship programme can begin at any time of the year. This might be in line with your start date of employment or perhaps a review with your employer where your development is discussed.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage. The minimum rate for an apprentice in the year 2020 is £4.15 an hour for the first year of learning. It is worth noting that many employers pay above this rate.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

24 months plus EPA

How will I be assessed?

Blended delivery method including day release at college, work based assessment and online learning including Reflective accounts, witness statements, activity based work books, presentations, professional interview/discussion and work based projects.

What does the course lead to?

Following the successful completion of the intermediate apprenticeship there is the opportunity for further development using other apprenticeship standards, depending on how your role has evolved and the potential to work towards career progression opportunities.

What will I study?

  • Prepare a range of machinery, tools and equipment for the manufacturing process.
  • Operate a range of machinery, tools and equipment to produce wood components and products to specification using a variety of raw materials.
  • Identify defects with materials and machinery before and during the manufacturing process.
  • Prepare wood components for the assembly process including sanding, positioning and securing.
  • Use a range of fixing techniques including joint assembly, installing mechanical fixings and applying appropriate adhesives to form products to the given specification.
  • Apply stains, sealers and paints to wood products to comply with the specified product finish requirements.
  • Install appropriate fixtures, fittings and glazing in accordance with the product specification, for example install glass to window or door.
  • Undertake glazing operations in accordance with the product specification.
  • Assess for post manufacture and assembly product defects and undertake appropriate rectification work.
  • Package and store products in accordance with organisational procedures.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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Next steps

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