Science Manufacturing Process Operative (SMPO) – Apprentices & Graduates<

Science Manufacturing Process Operative (SMPO).

Level 2
From 12 Months


Science Manufacturing Process Operatives work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear, packaging, polymers and utilities.

A Science Manufacturing Process Operative apprentice will learn how to:

  • start up/shut down a basic science manufacturing machine or hand based process
  • work safely in a science manufacturing environment
  • follow and meet quality procedures and standards
  • comply with regulations for the industry
  • perform operations and monitor basic science manufacturing process
  • work to and meet the requirements of standard operating procedures [SOP’s]
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Typical Job Roles

  • Chemical Plant Process Operative
  • Polymer Operative
  • Chemical Logistics Operative
  • Medical Appliances Manufacturing Operative
  • Refinery Operative
  • Pharmaceutical Operative
  • Brewing Operative
  • Effluent Plant Operative

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this role are determined by the employer. The apprentice must also be capable of achieving Maths and English prior to taking end-point assessment.

Science Manufacturing Process Operative (SMPO)

Trailblazer Employer Group Includes

Actavis, Aesica, Pharmaceuticals, Broughton Laboratories, Essar, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, GSK, Growhow, Ineos, Lotte Chemical UK, Lucite, MedImmune, Pfizer, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Sellafield, Sembcorp, Seralab, Syngenta, Synergy Outsourcing, University of Westminster, Victrex, ConocoPhillips, Barts Health Pharmaceuticals (NHS), Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Biology, Science Council.


It will typically take 12 months to complete this apprenticeship, although the exact duration will be dependent on the previous experience of the individual.

Cogent Skills Training will liaise with the employer to establish the duration of the programme. However, a minimum of 12 months of training must be undertaken to ensure attainment of sufficient skills, knowledge and experience.

From 12 Months

How it works

Free Consultation
1. Free Consultation

We provide a free scoping session, which includes everything from identifying training to match job descriptions, to understanding the apprenticeship levy funding process.

2. Enrolment

We enrol/induct the learner and develop a bespoke delivery plan based on the requirements of the business and/or apprenticeship standard.

3. Delivery

Over the duration of the training we support the learner in the workplace with face to face and remote delivery. We also provide any support needed for the apprentices mentor or line manager.

4. Assessment

We arrange all relevant end point assessment and prepare the learner on what to expect during end point assessment.

5. Certification

Following the successful completion of the training the learner receives their certification.

Virtual Learning Environment

As part of our commitment to use the latest technology to enhance our provision we use a leading Virtual Learning Environment called Canvas

With personalised notifications and web app integration, Canvas allows us to engage with students where they already hang out, on social networks and mobile platforms. And with real-time interaction and rich multimedia, we can keep them engaged, too.

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Outsourced Employment

A fully managed service to overcome headcount restrictions and outsource employment responsibilities.

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A flexible service providing expert support around apprenticeships and levy usage within science using companies.

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A recruitment service to attract apprentices, undergraduates and graduates.

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