This course is designed to provide evidence of an employee’s ability to perform particular roles in manufacturing industries. The qualification also demonstrates the quality of your workforce to potential customers as well as improving employee morale, job motivation and providing evidence for progression within your company. This training benefits both the employer and employee through improved commitment and performance. 

Standard Title

Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2

§  Option 1: Lean Manufacturing Operatives working within a Production/Assembly role

§  Option 2: Manufacturing Operatives working within an Inspection/Quality assurance role

§  Option 3: Manufacturing Operatives working within a Logistics/Material handling role

§  Option 4: Manufacturing Operatives working within a Production processing/finishing role

Brief Description

A Lean Manufacturing Operative will be expected to carry out their work safely and meet the exacting quality standards demanded in a fast paced and efficient processing environment and develop into a multi-skilled operator through process ownership.  A lean manufacturing operative can be required to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively e.g. automotive manufacturing – Multi models manufacturing results in the manufacturing of different models of vehicle with different specification variants within a high volume environment.

What will you learn

Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills)

Relevant statutory, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to lean manufacturing operations and safe practices.

Compliance procedures/systems in line with regulatory requirements e.g. ISO 14001 or other relevant environmental standards.

Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to deliver products to meet customers costs/delivery targets/requirements e.g. Just in time (JIT).

Manufacturing standard operation procedures (SOPs) adherence and development of lean processes.

Process equipment monitoring, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures e.g. ISO 9002 or other relevant quality standards.

The tools and methods of effective problem-solving using data, reports and documents to resolve production related issues e.g. A3 report, graphs, matrices and escalate concerns.

How to study and identify ways to improve the safety, quality, cost or process efficiency using lean manufacturing tools e.g. kaizen.

How to share information using a range of methods within the manufacturing environment e.g. oral, written, electronic, information boards, visual displays.

How to maintain a safe and efficient work site through workplace organisation e.g. 5s and process ownership.

In addition to lots more relevant to your chosen option.

The training will include

Face to face or remote workshops together with online learning

1:1 support from a Tutor who will visit your workplace

Progress reviews to be completed with your Tutor and line manager

Development of a work-based portfolio to evidence learning

End-point assessment (EPA)

Functional Skills English and/or maths Level 1 and/or Level 2, if required

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

In order to complete the apprenticeship, you will need English and maths at Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade 2-3) and attempt English and/or maths Level 2, but if you don’t have these qualifications don’t let this stop you from undertaking the apprenticeship as we can help you gain the Level 1 requirement and support you in working towards Level 2 during your studies.


12 months plus 3 months EPA.

Professional Membership

Not relevant for this Standard.