Polymer processing operations apprenticeship

Polymer processing deals with the manufacture and production of polymer and synthetic substances such as plastic, nylon and PVC.

Plastic is incredibly versatile and can be made from different ingredients, moulded into any shape, and put to a huge range of uses across industry and the rest of society, from carrier bags to electrical cables. It’s no surprise that the polymer industry is one of the most important areas of manufacturing in the UK. One factory is likely to produce many different kinds of plastic items.

The Intermediate Level/Advanced Level Polymer Processing Operations apprenticeship has been designed to meet the requirements for the type of work undertaken in the polymer processing industries. As an an apprentice you would normally work in either a factory or a workshop and learn how to mass-produce plastic or composite items. You would weigh and mix raw materials, learn about the production process, test products, maintain machinery and make sure items are made on time and without wasting materials.

Such is the diverse nature of the products manufactured, apprentices may find that they will be required to manufacture some products or components by hand-based methods.

Production requires practical skills, that will require you to work quickly on complicated tasks, to use numeracy skills to mix materials and to have an eye for detail.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Process setter/operator, Quality control inspector, Finishing and assembly operative, Process operator/technician

Issuing Authority:

Cogent – www.cogent-ssc.com