Apprenticeship: Process Leader – Level 4

in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Apprenticeship: Process Leader – Level 4


24 months (not including End Point Assessment).

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley (September 2021 Start) and MCMT Telford (from September 2022)

Delivery Partners
Dudley College

Delivery Model

• Day release

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements – Entry Requirements – Typically 5 GCSE’s at Grade C/4, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, a Level 3 in Engineering or an A Level in Mathematics and Physics (dependant on the Level 3 taken, a short maths bridging module may be required). Suitable industrial experience and other STEM related qualifications will also be considered.

Occupational Profile

Process Leaders are found in organisations with high volume manufacturing or advanced manufacturing processes in which large volumes of products are made in assembly, moulding, metal processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, textiles, food and drink, or similar processes.
Process Leaders act autonomously as part of a wider production team and are responsible for the delivery of core production KPIs, people, budgets, equipment, materials, supplies, health, safety, environment and risk.

Training and Development Summary

Delivered via a mix of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours which include:
• Principles of production/manufacturing techniques including: material handling systems, maintenance, production planning/scheduling, ergonomics, work place study, plant organisation, decommissioning, Statistical Process Control, process types such as flow and batch, product/raw material principles
• How to identify and procure sufficient, suitable resources (e.g. finance, staff, equipment, supplies) including use of management tools such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0
• Budgeting, forecasting and control of direct and indirect costs, fixed and variable costs including actual, accrued and committed costs.
• Lean operational and quality improvement practices such as workplace organisation, visual management, waste reduction and shop floor problem solving
• Undertake and direct production activities and operations
• Propose, undertake, manage and coordinate changes to the product, production operations, processes and equipment, to improve productivity, efficiency and quality
• Solve problems – predict and prevent failures through the analysis of data and information
• Manage resources effectively to ensure their availability and the efficient running of department in line with organisational procedures
• How to develop and present a case to management when requesting change including single page reporting
• Chair meetings and present (formally and informally) using a range of media. Listen actively, challenge, give feedback.

Professional Recognition and Career Progression

Achievement of the standard is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions such as the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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