Course Type: Part Time,Apprenticeship

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance (PMO)

Gateshead College provides sector specific apprenticeship programmes specifically designed to support individuals to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to succeed and meet the challenges and changing needs of a modern manufacturing operation.


The nature of the training allows the business to have input into the activity and material to achieve maximum benefit and output. This qualification is designed by companies for companies.


The framework is flexible and provides knowledge and skills for apprenticeships within several sectors’ of the manufacturing industry.


Activities assessed for competence can include:


  • Preparation for a manufacturing operation

  • Concluding manufacturing operations

  • Controlling manufacturing operations

  • Transferring materials

  • Producing products by assembly operations

  • Producing joined products

  • Producing formed products

  • Finishing products

  • Producing moulded products

  • Analysing the results of inspection and confirming quality of production


    Employer Responsive Training

    This bespoke apprenticeship programme has been developed specifically with the needs of your organisation in mind.


    Programme Structure

  • 12 month programme

  • Flexible learning with minimal impact to manufacturing operations

  • Approximately 8 - 10 days’ release time (to be arranged with the company)

Flexible modular approach suited to the appropriate sector

A typical programme may include:  

  • Understanding Health and Safety in an industrial environment

  • Understanding how to communicate in an industrial environment

  • Understanding how to work effectively

  • Understanding working relationships in an industry

  • Understanding rights and responsibilities in an industrial environment

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements

  • Promoting effective working relationships

  • Preparing for manufacturing operations

  • Concluding manufacturing operations

  • Controlling manufacturing operations

  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

  • Technical Certificate

    • Industrial Environmental Awareness
  • Functional Skills

    • Maths

    • English

  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills


Benefits to the Organisation

  • A “work ready” motivated and empowered workforce armed with the attitude, skills and knowledge to succeed within a modern manufacturing organisation.


  • Employees whose competence is externally validated to nationally approved standards.


  • A workforce with practical experience of implementing tools and techniques including:


    • Health and Safety,                                       Team working,

    • Communicating effectively,                         Workplace Organisation

    • Lean Principles                                            Effective manufacturing operations


Benefits to the learner

Upon successful completion the learner will achieve:

    • Level 2 Certificate in Performing Manufacturing Operations

    • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Industrial Environmental Awareness

    • Level 2 Certificate in Employment Rights and Responsibilities

    • Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Functional Skills

      • Maths

      • English