Improving Operational Performance Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: AD550
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Full Time

This apprenticeship is designed for those who want to work in an engineering environment and undertake the best possible preparation to achieving trained operator status within the industry. The Performance Manufacturing Operations apprenticeship focuses on training to operate effectively in a manufacturing environment. Typical job roles include assembly operations of electrical and electronic products, vehicles, aerospace, marine, metal goods and production of moulded products. 

What will I study?
  • Working Effectively and Efficiently in Engineering
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operations
  • Preparing and using Milling Machines
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by practical demonstration, assignment and examination.

What can I do next?

The Advanced Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to progress onto the Higher Level Apprenticeship. Learning will be tailored to your job role in your organisation, where it is likely you will be responsible for the delivery of a service or how other people carry out their work.

You will also be able to move into Higher Education and will be able to apply for a range of University courses.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Starting salaries can be between £12,500 and £15,000 a year.

Experienced operatives  can earn between £16,000 and £24,000


If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

 Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.