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Process Leader L4 Apprenticeship (workplace) (ST0695)

Course overview

The Process Leader programme is an innovative new training programme that is increasing the management talent pool in manufacturing industries. Helping to drive up skills in critical leadership positions, which play a vital role in boosting productivity and competitiveness. 

Activate Apprenticeships now offer this 24-month Level 4 programme built upon the new Process Leader Apprenticeship Standard, which has been created to develop the skills of UK Process Leaders, giving them in-depth management and technical knowledge. It has been initially developed using best practice from the worldwide operations of UK based car manufacturers, but now equally serves many manufacturing or advanced manufacturing businesses in which volumes of products are made in assembly, moulding, metal processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, textiles, food and drink, or similar processes.

The Process Leader programme is primarily aimed at existing managers in first line leadership positions, but can also benefit new talent. Activate Apprenticeships are a part of the Trailblazer group for this Standard, which is based on the programme we have delivered commercially for over 100 Process Leaders since 2015. The programme leads to a higher level qualification and includes theoretical and practical training in leadership and technical management.

Who is it for?

Process Leader is aimed at first-line disciplinary manufacturing leaders who:

  • typically have formal responsibility for around 30-60 people.
  • often have had little or no formalised training
  • are at a critical management level.
  • hold minute-by-minute responsibility for what is going on in their area of the shop floor.
  • require the tools and confidence to make decisions and improve the performance of their team.

Process Leader is partly modelled on the well-established and highly valued German Meister Pruefung qualification, which is a pre-requisite for anyone entering this role in Germany. This generates a talent pool of future leaders well-prepared for promotions as they arise.

Key features:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for participants.
  • A simplified structure: participants undertake a core of learning, required by all working within manufacturing operations.
  • Content that is closely aligned with the employer.
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what participants know) along with affective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do).
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression.
  • Quality Assurance measures, to ensure that all stakeholders can feel confident in the integrity and value of the programme and qualification.
  • A programme that is intended to span all manufacturing operations, with a particular focus on: High-volume manufacturing or advanced manufacturing processes in which large volumes of products are made in assembly, moulding, metal processing, chemical processing or similar processing Engineering operations or low-volume manufacturing processes in which lower volumes of products are made in a bespoke or workshop-type environment The food, textiles and automotive sectors, to which the qualification is especially relevant, although the qualification is not limited to these sectors.

On successful completion you will be awarded Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Operations 603/3938/X

Formal training is delivered in the classroom, supported by the completion of assignments and evidence gathered on the job to verify overall competence, supported in the workplace by an Activate Apprenticeships Performance Coach. Each participant is assessed to establish any specific learning support required and to agree their individual learning path.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.

A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Course Starts in 105 Days
  • Flexible start - 31 July 2026
  • 1 Year
    • TBC

      Fees TBC

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