Level 2 Waste Resource Operator Standard

About the course

The Waste Resources Operative covers a number of roles and responsibilities in the collection, transport, processing, disposal and recycling of waste and recyclables. The Waste Resources Operative may work at a number of different sites and locations including Household Waste Recycling Centre, Materials Recycling Facility, Transfer Stations, Trade Waste Collection, Energy Recovery Facilities, Anaerobic Digestion Facilities, Composting Facilities, Re-processors and Municipal Waste Collection.

The Waste Resource Operative needs to have an understanding of the principles of waste and recycling. This will include identifying waste and recyclables, sorting and segregation, treatment options, duty of care and health, safety, quality and environmental issues.

The role of the Waste Resource Operative is to assist in the day to day running of the site or activity, to ensure that processes are carried out safely and efficiently. They will also contribute to the protection of the environment, efficient use of resources and enhancing quality in compliance with relevant regulation; they will contribute to delivering "best in sector" operational performance in the organisation.

Course modules

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification

Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

An apprentice will be required to undertake & have an understanding of a number of different core skills, knowledge & behaviours to complete this apprenticeship. Please see factsheet for more information.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills

Level 1 Mathematics & Level 1 English

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

A potential apprentice:

Must be aged 16 or over & have officially left school.

Must be employed (NOT self-employed) in the relevant occupational sector, working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Must have the ability to achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in maths & English. (All candidates will be asked to complete an online functional skills assessment regardless of previous qualifications.*

An individual can only undertake an apprenticeship at the same or lower level than a qualification they already hold, if this allows the individual to acquire substantive new skills and the content of the training is materially different from any prior training or a previous apprenticeship.

Must have the right to work in England & spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship.

Must be a citizen of a country with in the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right of abode in the UK AND have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous 3 years on the first day of learning.

*Typically potential apprentices would have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades A-D (9 – 3 in the new grading system), including English, maths & science, or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Employers who recruit an apprentice without these qualifications will have to ensure they achieve level 1 in English & maths as part of the apprenticeship. Those who have achieved level 1 or who come out as ‘working at Level 1’ on the functional skills assessment we ask them to do, will have to work towards level 2.

Learning and assessment

Theory work & learning materials delivered online with photographic, video & audio evidence being collected through the Onefile E-Portfolio platform, supported by off site technical training at Myerscough College as required.

The employer will have access to their apprentices Onefile E-Portfolio so they can monitor progress & work that has been set by the tutor.

The qualification is made up of a number of mandatory units designed to have maximum relevance to the job & integrate with day to day responsibilities.

An employer must allow an apprentice 20% of their working week to undertake work required to complete their apprenticeship (this is a legal requirement) & will include any college attendance required.

There will be an end point assessment, conducted by an independent assessor.

All components must be passed for the apprentice to meet the apprenticeship standard & these will include:

  • Multiple Choice Question Test
  • Observation in the workplace, with supporting Question and Answer
  • Professional Discussion

There will be 2 levels of achievement: Pass & Distinction

Progression

Apprentices successfully completing the Level 2 Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship or other Further Education courses.

Careers

Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of this Apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include working in: Household Waste Recycling Centre, Materials Recycling Facility, Transfer Stations, Trade Waste Collection, Energy Recovery Facilities, Anaerobic Digestion Facilities, Composting Facilities, Re-processors and Municipal Waste Collection.

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