Food and Drink Process Operator [Level 2]

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Does working for one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing industries sound good to you? If so, read on to find out more about the occupational duties and KSB’s (knowledge, skills and behaviours) for the Level 2 Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship. This role can help you start a new career that has lots of progression options. Or you could change roles in your current position and complete apprenticeship training.

What is a Food and Drink Process Operator?

This apprenticeship is a Level 2 standard and is found in the food and drink manufacturing sector. A process operator will usually work on production lines in food and drink manufacturing businesses.
The companies in this industry range sizes. They can produce anywhere from just one type of food to a range of products. Products include things that we enjoy to eat every day! Examples like cakes, confectionary, read-to-eat-food, salads and soft drinks, are all products you would work with on this apprenticeship.

What is the purpose of a Food and Drink Process Operator?

Broadly speaking, the purpose of this role is to complete food and drink processing procedures. This role is important as it will contribute to the manufacture of safe and compliant products. In your day-to-day role, you would also support technical operators to complete food and drink lines and operate machinery. This role relies on teamwork and means that you have to prepare for upcoming shifts and provide handovers. The technical operators you work with also monitor product quality against key performance indicators. This is something your role would provide support with.

Who will you be working with as a Food and Drink Process Operator?

In your everyday work you would interact with many people across the business, depending on its size and structure. For example, you could work with process operatives, technical operators and maintenance teams. In this apprenticeship, you would normally report to an Operational Manager, you would work under their direct supervision to ensure quality control.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Ensure food safety
  • Environment and sustainability targets
  • Quality of output
  • Customer requirements and expectations
    This will be done whilst working in a team, that will strive to meet deadlines, efficiency, and productivity goals.

What are the occupational duties of a Food and Drink Process Operator ?

As a Food and Drink Process Operator apprentice, you will work by the 10 key duties
1. Completing food and drink processing procedures with the best KSBs possible.
2. Supporting the food and drink production line and machinery. This includes many aspects like: start up, set up, line changeovers and shut down of machinery.
3. Monitor you work to make sure product quality is to the best standard
4. Similar to duty 3, monitor the product output against KPI’s (key performance indicators)
5. Prepare for your teammates who are coming onto a later shift. This could include providing a machine handover. It’s recommended that you do this by verbal briefing or written communication
6. A big part of this apprenticeship is working with a team, this means contributing to team briefings. For example, you could prepare notes on health and safety issues.
7. As an apprentice in this role, there are 5S’s you have to go by: Sort, Set In order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain. Duty 7, includes contributing to continuous improvement using the 5S’s. This could be in the format of data collection to justify any improvement activity you see fit.
8. Particularly, in a post-pandemic world, completing workplace hygiene activities has never been so important. These activities should be done in line with the standards of the company you are completing the apprenticeship with.
9. This is an important duty to keep in mind, as it can impact the production line if not done correctly. You have to contribute to stock control.
10. Similar to duty 9, Duty 10, focuses on your role as an apprentice to contribute to audits. This includes both internal and external audits.

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What are the KSB’s of a Food and Drink Process Operator Apprentice?

There are many Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours aspects that need to be taken into consideration. This part of the blog will outline the key factors to consider for each section.

There are 19 different knowledge aspects that you will be expected to understand on the apprenticeship. The key ones include:
Understanding the food and drink sector and more specifically the type of organisations you work with. As well as this, you will be expected to know the types of food and drink products for your company. This should help you understand the product origin and supply chain.
Part of your knowledge understanding will also be to have a comprehension of your position in the business and how it adds value to the customer/consumer.
In recent years, a key knowledge part of this role is to understand the environmental and sustainability aspects of your position. Its key to understand the types of pollution and the way you can control this. There are 4 control measures: noise, smells, spills, and waste. Also, understanding the benefits of recycling and how to use resources efficiently.

There are 16 key skill areas, but I have outlined the main ones that you will most likely learn at the start of the apprenticeship.
You need to be able to follow food and drink and apply quality assurance SOPs (standard operating procedures).
As well as this, having an understanding of stock management is key. This means being able to scan control, monitor and rotate stock effectively.
Part of your role as an apprentice will be to check and use the tools for any faults and health and safety issues. This leads into a key skill of being able to operate the correct equipment and machinery.
One of the most important skills you will be continually learning and developing on is your ability to comply with food safety regulations and procedures. This is complimented by the skill of complying with health and safety regulations and procedures as you will most likely be operating heavy machinery that you will need training on.

The behaviours for this apprenticeship follow the format of the skills and knowledge. This should work seamlessly together to make your apprenticeship experience successful.
One of the main behaviours expected of you is to put health, safety and food safety first. And in conjunction with this put the environment and sustainability first.
Throughout the apprenticeship you should seek learning and development opportunities that help you both professionally and personally. This will help you adapt to changing work requests.
Learning to work independently and take ownership of given work is an important behaviour for this apprenticeship. As is, learning how to take a team-focused approach to meet goals.

What qualifications do I need to do a Level 2 Food and Drink Process Operation Apprenticeship?

Having GCSE’s in English and Maths form a vital part of all apprenticeships. However, you can start this apprenticeship without these qualifications but you must have completed them before you pass through gateway (i.e. finishing the apprenticeship).

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Level 2 Pest Control Technician Apprenticeship

General information and specification.

Level 2 Pest Control Apprenticeship

Pest control is the management or regulation of a species that is considered a pest and may be harmful to the economy, environment, or the human health. A pest control technician works in a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial settings. Examples include, but are not limited to, industrial and storage facilities, office buildings, shopping centres, hotels and restaurants, medical facilities, educational institutions, and residential properties. In these settings, they deal with issues brought on by:

  • pests that harm and infest a wide range of materials, including dry foods, animal products, and cloth, including:
  • Significantly detrimental to public health pests that must be eradicated to stop the spread of illness and/or allergies

Vertebrates and invertebrates make up the two primary categories of pest species. The primary distinction is that invertebrates, like insects, beetles, and moths, lack a backbone or spinal column while vertebrates, like birds, mice, rats, and foxes, do.

The Pest Control Technician will need to do site surveys, identify levels of pest infestations, choose appropriate measures to get rid of pests, and prevent re-infestation. At all times, the technician must make sure that current laws are followed.

The Average Working Day
Regular preventive visits and reactive visits to address urgent pest infestations are part of the work. They might work alone or as a team. They must conduct their business safely, especially when handling chemicals and traps, and they must interact with all sorts of clients to ensure that they are properly informed about treatment plans and any potential risks. The most recent information on pest management must always be retained by pest control technicians, who must also uphold high standards of conduct and maintain correct records.

Entry Requirements
Determined by individual employers. Subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Typically apprentices will have a minimum of 4 GCSEs, grade C or above, (or equivalent) including Maths and English. Apprentices recruited without the minimum will be required to have achieved Level 1 English and Maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment. 
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This apprenticeship standard is a level 2

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This standard will be reviewed after a maximum of 3 years.

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Level 2 Wall & Floor Tiler Apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships are an alternative route to university, as well as a way to kick-start your career in a certain industry. Apprenticeships are continuing to grow and expand, with up to Level 7 degree apprenticeships now available, and in many different fields, such as the Construction industry.

What is a Wall & Tiler Apprenticeship?

The Level 2 Wall & Floor Tiler Apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the craft, whilst learning and earning at the same time. Wall & Floor Tilers are responsible for operating in both commercial and domestic properties undertaking all types of wall and floor tiling using different techniques and materials desired by the client. Tilers have great knowledge of their craft, different tiling methods and techniques, and are able to meet client requirements. 

With the Wall & Tiler apprenticeship, you will have to complete a portfolio over the duration of the programme to demonstrate your competencies as well as training towards your English and Maths if required. You will also have to complete a theory-based test to ensure you have the required knowledge needed as a Wall & Floor Tiler. Once these are completed, you will then have your end point assessment which will consist of a knowledge test, a practical observation, and an interview conducted by an external examiner underpinned by your portfolio which you have provided. Once this process is done, you will then be awarded one of the follow grades: Fail, Pass or Distinction.

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What skills do Tilers need?

Tilers often work independently and as part of a team, depending on the scale of the project, and therefore must be effective communicators and able to work well in both environments, therefore, communication and team-working skills are key. Tilers must also be able to have good knowledge of the different safety and environmental regulations they must comply with, as well as have good knowledge of their craft,which you will gain if you decide to undertake an apprenticeship. Furthermore, tilers must be excellent problem solvers, and must be able to follow briefs and interpret drawings in order to execute a clients’ vision. 

According to the apprenticeship standard, these are the behaviours that are expected to be demonstrated by a wall & floor tiler;

  • Able to take responsibility of the safety of themselves and others around them
  • Must be reliable with a great work ethic, motivated, and able to adapt to changing environments and circumstances
  • Must be customer-centric
  • Must be meticulous, demonstrating attention to detail, quality, and always striving for improvement
  • Should have good industry knowledge and  be aware of the business missions and goals
  • Able to work effectively independently and as part of a team

What is the learning specification as a Level 2 Tiler?

The Level 2 Wall & Floor Apprenticeship usually lasts a duration of 30-36 months, in which apprentices will be learning the knowledge and understanding needed to qualify as a tiler, as well as the practical skills required. The different work methods that will be taught are;

  • Work Methods – to ensure you are working safely to protect yourself and those around you, such as identifying hazards and risks in the workplace.
  • Identify and respond to customer needs – to understand different types of communications and the different methods needed to meet customer requirements.
  • Construction industry – key factors and systems of work appropriate to different work environments.
  • Building methods – to identify different building methods and choose the appropriate method of preparation and fixing based on the work environment. 
  • Production and specification information – able to make appropriate judgements based on the environment of what methods and materials to use, as well as advising clients when necessary. 
  • Preparation, application and removal – understanding different preparation, application, and removal methods and when best to use them.

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Level 2 Highway Electrical Maintenance and Installation Operative

This Intermediate highway electrical maintenance and installation operative apprenticeship standard will provide you with a level 2 qualification.

Does being part of a team in a constructive and positive way interest you? if it does, then this could be the start of your journey to being an  Highway Electrical Maintenance and Installation Operative.

What is required for you to start your journey?

Entry requirements can vary between employers but on average Apprentices must have a Level 1 English and Maths qualification, as well as complete a Level 2 in both of these subjects before their 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 and for those whose primary language is BSL, a British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is accepted in place of any English qualifications.

Duration: The typical duration of this Apprenticeship is 24 months for achievement of competence in the sub-sector your choose.

Must have core skills to help you on your way.

  • Understanding the employer’s health and safety and environmental requirements and procedures
  • Understanding the employer’s requirements and identifying what work is required, what their responsibilities are and what plant, equipment, tools and materials are required.
  • Good interpersonal and team working abilities when communication internally and with clients

What about industry specific skills?

  • Ability to identify and practically reference common types of highway electrical equipment and the underlying principles of how these are installed and maintained (e.g. street lights, traffic signals, traffic signs, safety cameras) – together with detailed specialised understanding on the chosen sub- sector(s).
  • Understanding the employer’s requirements and identifying what work is required, what their responsibilities are and what plant, equipment, tools and materials are required.
  • Understanding the practices of maintenance techniques. These may be routine and regular checks or reactive checks in unexpected circumstances. In both instances, you should have the ability to carry out these checks in a safe and efficient way.
  • Understanding your employer’s requirements and procedures covering emergency attendance and work, and being able to leverage these to identify hazards and maximise site safety.
  • BONUS SKILL: Understand how  to  identify  and  apply  the  appropriate systems of  surface protection safely and how to dispose of waste appropriately.

Desired Behaviours.

There are three primary attributes and behaviours which are desired if you are looking to complete the Level 2 Highway Electrical Maintenance and Installation Operative.

Firstly, always ensure you are promoting a positive Health, Safety and Environmental culture. This means being alert and aware of your surroundings so you are able to identify any risks or hazardous situations. If you do identify a potential risk, you must be confident in reporting unsafe practices and set an example within the workforce on how to work safely. Your priority is that no one – either from the public or within the workforce – is harmed.

It is really important that you are confident in taking responsibility and ownership for your actions, whether they have a positive or negative impact on the workforce. The ability to be able to acknowledge your skill gaps and be engaged in working to improve this is a highly desired behaviour. Not only does this show willingness to grow, but aslo maturity within your role. You must make sure you are cooperating with your employer to ensure you are working to meet expectations and develop to a point of potentially exceeding.

Make an effort to show your enthusiasm, consideration and commitment to the role. Being able to work using your initiative to solve problems, seek out critical information and plan and organise work activities are all important skills.

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Science Process Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 2

Are you passionate about science or manufacturing and interested in combining your interests? This could be the perfect role for you! Build your interest into a career with a level 2 Science process manufacturing apprenticeship. Find out more below…

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About this industry

Firstly, one thing you need to know is that science process manufacturing is varied. It includes industries such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Composites
  • Petrochemical
  • Polymer
  • Pharmaceutical

The science process industry combines raw materials and apply a science based process or processes biological, chemical or physical to create products. Furthermore, these products are made continuously or in batches.

Within the science process manufacturing industry The Health and Safety Executive and other industry regulators will regularly inspect employers. The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations will also apply to some process manufacturing companies. Employers must manage risks to the employee, product, environment, and sometimes the wider community.

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Key Duties of a Science Process Manufacturing Apprentice

You’ll be responsible for various duties in this role. Here are a few examples of what you will be given the opportunity to get involved in:

  • Help to carry out process manufacturing operations by using operating plant or equipment in line with standard operating procedures
  • Arrange and prepare materials for process activity
  • Carry out checks of equipment and process before they run or as part of handover responsibilities
  • Contribute to quality control – This is where you will conduct quality checks and escalate concerns
  • Carry out end of process activities – For example, finish, pack, discharge or move goods

Core knowledge, skills and behaviours

Within your apprenticeship you’ll build a solid working knowledge, along with skills and behaviours. This will be in a mix of practical and education situations. You’ll get the most out of your studies through this. For example, knowledge of science process manufacturing, improve your ability to collect and interpret information, follow procedures in line with process industry environmental and sustainability regulations and adapt to changing work requests. Plus much more!

Lastly, for a more in depth look at this apprenticeship, you can read the brief full brief here.

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Rail Infrastructure Operator – Level 2 Apprenticeship

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If you are interested in how the Rail Transport industry operates by wanting to know how rail lines are controlled or the measurements taken to ensure safety or learn about electrical control systems, then a Rail Infrastructure Operative Apprenticeship might be for you!

What does a Rail Infrastructure Operative do?

So you might find yourself asking “What does a Rail Infrastructure Operative do?”, simply the role involves duties such as ensuring safety operations are maintained and assisting with the electrical control systems within the Rail Transport network. Another responsibility a Rail Infrastructure Operative has is to report incidents on the railway to the relevant parties which may require working with emergency services departments. The Rail Transport network includes railways, underground railways, metro railways and tram railways.

The role may also include working with a range of different people from departments across the Rail Network, including; train drivers, maintenance staff and power suppliers.

Some of the other typical job titles which are similar to a Rail Infrastructure Operative in the industry are a Signalling Operator, Traffic Manager, Electrical Control Operator, Route Controller, Incident Controller, Service Controller or a Service and Infrastructure Manager.

What are the entry requirements for a Rail Infrastructure Operative Apprenticeship?

The entry requirements for a Level 2 Rail Infrastructure Operative Apprenticeship are for candidates to have achieved at least Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English. It also requires for candidates to have taken the test for Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths and English.

It is important to remember that different employers may have their own additional requirements for the apprenticeship. These could be having previous GCSE qualifications or some relevant experience or a genuine interest in the industry.

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What does the structure of a Rail Infrastructure Operative Apprenticeship look like?

The length of a Rail Infrastructure Operative Apprenticeship can last between 12 to 18 months, where the minimum length of time which needs to be completed is 12 months.

Within the first 12 months, assessments will be carried out through different methods such as observations or discussions supported by portfolio of work.

This will then be followed by an End Point Assessment which starts with a formal review between parties involved in the apprenticeship who will be the apprentice, the employer and the training provider, which is to ensure the apprentice qualifies and is ready for the end point assessment. The End Point Assessment will be carried out by an independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) and not the training provider.

What would be the next steps after I completed my apprenticeship?

Once the apprenticeship has been completed there are a few options which could be considered. An option could be to progress on to a Level 3 in the same or similar field such as Rail Engineering.

Also, a job role could be offered at the end of the apprenticeship by the employer or the candidate could use the experience they have gained to apply for jobs at a company they might be interested in.

What are the benefits to completing an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in starting a different career path, whether you are new to work and are wanting to get your first job, unsure about starting university or even if you are interested in changing careers, then apprenticeships might be suitable for you.

The benefits of a UK apprenticeship is that it not only lets you achieve a nationally recognised qualification it also has the “earn while you learn” status. An apprentice gets a paid just like other employees at a business but they also have the benefit of learning and developing their skills as well as their knowledge a specific sector. The apprentice is also gaining at least a year’s experience in a role which can help them with career progression if they are interested in applying for a particular job role.

If you are interested in a Rail Infrastructure Operative Apprenticeship, then please contact our team today! Or if you want to learn about other apprenticeships then please visit our blog.

Level 2 Investment Operations Administrator Apprenticeship

Level 2 Investment Operations Administrator Apprenticeship

Are you looking for a role in the global financial services sector? If so, the Level 2 Investment Operations Administrator Apprenticeship could kick-start that career.

Jobs and entry criteria for Level 2 Investment Operations Administrator Apprenticeship

The investment operations apprenticeships provides an excellent pathway into the busy world of financial services, one of the highest earning industries in the world. This role can take you forward to roles such as an investment specialists which can make upwards of £50,000 per year.

There are no mandatory qualifications for this apprenticeship, although it is strongly advised that any applicants take the Award in Fundamentals of Financial Services (Chartered Institute of Securities of investment) and a professional qualification is taken too.

Key Responsibilities of an investment operations administrator apprentice

In this role, you will sit within a team of stockbrokers, investment managers, banks, wealth management consultants and more. You will be responsible for assisting these teams with activities such as:

  • Data entry
  • Processing correspondence
  • Compliance and money laundering checks
  • Reconciliation of investment records

Level 2 Investment Operations Administrator Core Competencies

As part of this role you will match a number of competencies including but not restricted to:

  • An understanding of the financial services industry as a whole and how the organisation works within this industry.
  • Comprehensive understanding of legislation and laws which can impact the organisation and be able to identify risks to do with these.
  • Understand what processes need to be undertaken in the day to day workings of the role and making sure everything is completed in the correct manner following the right processes.
  • Able to learn the systems and tools used on a day to day basis to assist the job role.
  • The apprentice must be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner and meet company standards and provide an excellent client service at all times.
  • Able to communicate verbally, and in written with clients and colleagues.
  • Able to take initiative and resolve non-complex issues, but escalate when necessary.
  • Able to apply new knowledge, skills and competencies, learned through professional and personal development, to the role and able to adapt to new changes within the policies.
  • Shows commitment to the role and to the organisation to assist the team reach the required goal.
  • Handle client information with the utmost confidentiality.
  • Able to keep motivation and show energy in their work through any challenges.

Investment Operations Administrator modules and exams.

During this apprenticeship you will be provided with the knowledge to complete the following forms of assessment:

  • Portfolio of evidence – A portfolio showing evidence the apprentice has completed in their day to day job role. This will be shown through written work, projects, apprenticeship time log entries, witness testimonies etc.
  • Professional Discussion – This will be an interview between the apprentice and an assessment organisation talking about the evidence the apprentice has listed in their evidence portfolio allowing the apprentice to expand on any of their evidence.

Across these two assessments, the apprentice will be able to show examples of when they have demonstrated a set list of skills and behaviours when working towards a particular goal.


The level 2 investment operations administrator apprenticeship can provide a great pathway into the world of financial services. This can open the door to pathways with unlimited potential for future roles to further your career in one of the biggest grossing sectors in the world. An example of the next step could be the Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist which can provide you with more responsibilities in your role which in turn can unlock higher salaries.

Beauty & Makeup Consultant Apprenticeship Level 2

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Are you the kind of person who loves recommending beauty products to friends? Are you seeking a career in beauty and makeup? If so, read on and discover how a level 2 beauty and makeup consultant apprenticeship will help you get started in the beauty and makeup industry!

Jobs and entry criteria for the Level 2 Beauty & Makeup Apprenticeship Course

The beauty & makeup consultant apprenticeship provides the chance for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate, promote and recommend the use, benefits and application of different retail beauty products, including make-up, skincare, nail care and perfumery. In the UK, a qualified beauty & makeup consultant can earn an average of £22k per year and possibly more with experience. Money is not everything! Through this apprenticeship you will learn a wide range of skills that will open up a variety of career opportunities in the beauty idustry. So get started now and future proof your career by acquiring a level 2 beauty & makeup consultant apprenticeship qualification!

The minimum requirement for this apprenticeship is English and maths Level 3; however, if you don’t have these qualifications, we will help you achieve them! Those who do not have a level 1 qualification will need to obtain this level and pass the level 2 test before taking the End-Point Assessment. This means everyone has the chance to succeed in this apprenticeship!

What are the responsibilities of a Beauty & Makeup Consultant Apprentice?

The position of a Beauty and makeup consultant typically revolves in working in a department store or retail environment. As a retail beauty consultant, they should use their knowledge to demonstrate, promote and recommend the use of different retail beauty products including makeup, skincare, nail care and more, while explaining the benefits and applications of each one. In this position, they should work by their company’s rules as well as brand guidelines like pricing and promotional structures. The ideal candidate should be able to work effectively as part of a team with also the ability to operate independently, supported by a store manager, to provide excellent customer service and care in a fast-paced work environment, working to achieve company targets. They should be curious, eager and enthusiastic to learn more in their career, maintaining continuous professional development.

Watch this video from Boots for a more in depth look at a position like this.

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Level 2 Beauty & Makeup Consultant Details of standard

During your time as an apprentice, you will carry out duties in accordance with standards that should be observed. Some examples of these standards are:

  • Advises and demonstrates products to customers
  • Maintains and manages a work area
  • Completes promotional activities
  • Selects and demonstrates a range of techniques, products, tools and equipment to promote and sell a range of beauty retail products to customers
  • Instructs in the use and application of skincare products and makeup
  • Completes services to a high standard, maintaining customer confidentiality and rights
  • Implements and practices safe ways of working for themselves and others in accordance with legal and organisational requirements
  • Portrays professionalism that meets the beauty retail industry and organisational requirements
  • Meets beauty retail image and etiquette to be a brand ambassador

Good behaviour qualities you need as a Beauty & Makeup Consultant

  • Personal and professional ethics: demonstrates a commitment to quality, maintains honesty, integrity and confidentiality that meets industry standards
  • Flexible and positive attitude: Adapts positively to changing work priorities and patterns when new tasks need to be completed or requirements change
  • Maintain customer care principles and practices: show customers respect at all times and in all circumstances, demonstrate customer empathy, sensitivity and awareness

Additional Apprenticeship Information

What is the duration of the apprenticeship?

A minimum of 12 months

What qualification will I achieve?

A Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals – Beauty and make-up consultant


As you can see, the level 2 beauty and makeup consultant apprenticeship is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in beauty. Apprenticeships open doors to a wide range of job opportunities. As an apprentice, you will be paid as you progress and opportunities will present themselves to advance your career. Some employers are interested in using apprenticeships to better understand how their employees learn and progress. If you commit to a future profession in beauty, there could be many more great job opportunities for you!

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Tramway Construction Operative Apprenticeship [Level 2]

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will set up and maintain the construction of tramways

Have you just finished school and looking to start a new career in the construction sector? Do you love having hands-on experience and enjoy working outdoors? If so, then you may be suited for a Level 2 Apprenticeship as a Tramway Construction Operative. Read on to see if this role is right for you. This guide will give you an overview of what to expect and qualifications you will need.

What is a Tramway Construction Operative?

A Tramway Constructive Operative plays a crucial role in the construction industry. This course typically lasts 18 months. This apprenticeship involves a high standard of technical work relating to the construction and renewal of the Tramway the environment. A typical day might consist of setting up and maintaining a temporary traffic management system. Additional duties also include carrying out site clearance activities; the removal of waste and reusable items. Using a range of handheld tools and equipment is key in this role. Do you enjoy interacting with a range of people? As an apprentice, you will meet people from various parts of the sector, such as engineers, designers and councils. As a result, you will get exposure to different construction methods, gaining transferable skills essential to any role! You can also check out some more construction apprenticeship roles on offer.

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will be responsible for the renewal of tramways

What Skills Can I Gain From an Apprenticeship?


  • Planing and installing traffic systems, barriers and walkways
  • Supporting construction renewal activities
  • Communicating with teams and also being the central point for any questions and queries
  • Working in accordance with health and safety regulations


  • The tramway environment, including history, customers, structures
  • The principles of civil engineering
  • Construction and inspection methods and techniques
  • Safe working practices and code of conduct


  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Confident in taking accountability and questioning methods
  • Reliable and dependable

What Do I Need?

Level 1 and 2 English and Mathematics is required for this apprenticeship. You will need to take Level 2 English and Mathematics before your EPA, if you do not have this. Additionally, a knowledge of the tramway environment is desirable. Specifically, understanding how pedestrianised and traffic areas relate to each other. Communication skills are essential as you will be liaising with various stakeholders throughout your role.

How Much Does a Tramway Construction Operative Earn?

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. However, upon completing your first year, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. Typically, a Tramway Construction Operative earns around £36,000 annually.


This Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your construction career. You will also gain the essential skills and qualifications to help develop yourself and your future.

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Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship

This Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship includes assisting in driving, boring and forming piles in the ground to provide support for building and structures. The apprentice will train in the practice of pushing concrete, metal or wooden posts into the ground. Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to further work within the construction industry.

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Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship Details

  • Job Role: Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship
  • Duration: 18 – 24 Months
  • Maximum Funding: £15,000
  • Apprenticeship Level: Level 2

Key Responsibilities

The apprentice will assist with supporting piling plant machine operatives and specialist piling operatives by performing tasks such as; loading and unloading, handling and moving materials, preparation, measuring, marking and cutting materials, monitoring and reporting progress. On completion of this apprenticeship, Piling Attendants will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Working Safely on Site
  • Contributing to Sustainable Practice
  • Manually Handle Loads
  • Carrying out User Maintenance on Tools and Machinery
  • Guiding and Controlling Movement of Vehicles
  • Operating Powered Tools Including Concrete Pumps, Generators and Compressors Agitators
  • Monitoring Delivery of Concrete and Take Samples for Testing
  • Transporting, Handling, Pouring, Positioning and Laying Concrete
  • Applying First Aid
  • Identifying Excavated Soils and Rock Types

The apprentice will also need to support one of the following:

  • Continuous Flight Auger: A flight augering drill used to excavate a hole where concrete is injected through a hollow shaft under pressure as the auger is extracted. This will create a continuous pile without leaving any holes open.
  • Rotary Large Diameter: Use of a bored piling machine with drilling tools, buckets and grabs to remove soil and rock. The auger is bored into the ground, withdrawn and spoil removed. This is repeated until design depth is reached and reinforced with concrete.
  • Driven – Pre-Cast: Metal or concrete piles are top-driven using hydraulic drop hammers. The concrete piles are pre-cast and designed for compression and bending.
  • Sheet or Vibro: Vibratory pile hammers contain counter-rotating eccentric weights powered by hydraulic motors. They are designed to cancel out horizontal vibrations and transmit vertical vibrations into the pile. The pile driving machine is positioned over the pile and fastened. Vibratory hammers can drive in or extract piles.

Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship Core Competencies

As part of the job role, the apprentice will carry out duties that will satisfy a number of competencies. Examples include:

  • Principles of Health, Safety Welfare and Environmentally Responsible Work Practices
  • Operatives Responsibilities Under Current Legislation
  • Communication and Following Organisational Procedures
  • Supporting Piling Operations
  • Interpreting Information from Drawings, Method Statements, Risk Assessments, Manufacturers Information, Work Schedules and Specifications
  • Handling and Moving Loads Manually with Mechanical Aids
  • Maintaining Tools, Plant, Machinery, lifting Accessories and Equipment
  • Specific Requirements for Operating Plant, Machinery and Equipment
  • Complying with Quality Requirements
  • Sample Taking
  • Techniques and Requirements of Piling Processing
  • Recognising Changes in Geology
  • Reacting in an Emergency

This standard has been designed in order to deliver sufficient competence, knowledge and understanding in the job role. This also allows individuals to learn the requirements of construction industry registration schemes.

Man and Woman on Construction Site

Exams and Qualifications

Individuals without their Level 1 English and Level 1 Mathematics will be required to achieve this level. They will also take the test for Level 2 English and Mathematics before their End Point Assessment. Individuals who undertake this standard will achieve the Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Piling Operations.

Progression from this apprenticeship can lead to the Level 3 in Specialist Piling Operations or with great experience within the construction industry. On successful completion of the Level 2 standard, Level 3 offers the roles of a Piling Rig Operator, Mud Plant Operative, Tremie Operative or Charge Hand.

As well as gaining qualifications, this apprenticeship also teaches behavioural skills such as:

  • Effective Communication: Oral, Written and Electronic
  • Respect: Knowledge of Equality and Diversity
  • Team Work: Working Effectively and Safely with Others
  • Independence: Taking Responsibility for Individual Work
  • Logical Thinking: Valid Reasoning when Making Decisions
  • Working Effectively: Undertaking Work in a Safe and Productive Manner
  • Time Management: Using Time Effectively and Completing Work
  • Adaptability: Adjusting to Instruction Changes
  • Assertiveness: Resisting Pressures to Work Following Unsafe Practices


This Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship provides a great foundation for those wanting to pursue a career within the construction industry. This course offers the necessary skills to advance your career and have a prosperous future ahead in this career.

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