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.
They are also found in organisations with engineering operations or low volume manufacturing processes in which lower volumes of products are made in a bespoke or workshop type environment. The core knowledge, skills and behaviours of this apprenticeship will be developed and demonstrated in a specific manufacturing context and are broadly transferable to other manufacturing sectors.
This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 24 months training period plus additional time to complete the end point assessment.
There is no formal technical qualification, evidence of achievement relates to work-based activities. The apprentice will create a work-based portfolio of evidence, this will form part of the end-point assessment (EPA). The EPA assessment will be undertaken at the end of the 24 months and will include:
Assessment method 1: Workplace observation
Assessment method 2: Project, presentation, and Q&A
Assessment method 3: Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence
End-point assessment activities throughout the 24 months
There is an option for employers to support the apprentice to complete four HNC Manufacturing units as part of an HN Flex delivery (please enquiry about fees) the apprentice will complete:
Unit 12 Engineering Management
Unit 14: Production Engineering for Manufacture
Unit 17: Quality and Process Improvements
Unit 82: Statistical Process Control
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Apprentices will be notified when applicable.
Further details about this course are available in the course specification https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/process-leader-v1-0
All apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.
Employed in the role of Process lead manager, Process leader, Production lead, Section leader
This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:
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) for at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).
Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.