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Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship

Level 2 Apprenticeship – Waste Resource Operative

Level 2 Waste Resource Operative ApprenticeshipThe 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.

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What Is The Equivalent Of A Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship?

A level 2 apprenticeship is often referred to as an intermediate level apprenticeship. Level 2 is normally agreed to be the equivalent or 5 GCSE passes. As this is the lowest level of apprenticeship available. There is generally no eligibility criteria for application. However, you will need to demonstrate you have the ability to complete the course. You will need to be over 16 years old to be able to apply.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Waste Resource Operative

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Qualification: Level 2 Waste Resource Operative

Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship

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.

The role may involve working outside in all types of weather and will require an element of physical work, some roles will require a lot of daily walking.

The individual could be employed in utilities, agriculture (farms or anaerobic digestion plants), armed services, charities (third sector), local authorities, mining and quarrying, health (hospitals and hospices), construction, soil processors, landscapers, research and development (laboratories), waste (local authorities, private companies, liquid waste and septic tank emptying, landfill and energy recovery).

Learning outcomes

  • The role and contribution of the waste and resources industry, types of waste (plastics, metals, glass, green, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), residual, unknown) and treatment options. This should include an introduction to the Waste Hierarchy and the principles of waste and resource management: to include recycling, reuse, collection, sorting, segregation, transfer stations, Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs), Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs), Refused Derived Fuel (RDF), Anaerobic Digestion (AD), In vessel and Windrow Composting
  • The principles and purpose of environmental protection in the waste industry e.g.  Duty of care, waste hierarchy
    Know the organisational policies and objectives for environmental protection. A practical understanding of Environmental Permits for applicable site(s), to include awareness of what wastes are permitted on site.
  • Pollution including sources, pathways, receptors and the potential environmental impact. Pollution control measures including physical, legal and organisational policies and procedures.
  • The relevant health and safety legislation e.g. Manual handling, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and associated processes, procedures and safe working practices in your workplace. The associated hazards and risks, the potential for harm and relevant control measures used to mitigate risk.
  • A company’s systems and procedures for receiving, checking, segregating, handling and transferring waste.
  • Understand the process and know how to comply with the relevant Environmental Permit.
  • How to communicate effectively with managers, peers, internal and external customers.
  • How to deal with conflict with internal and external contacts.
  • How to prevent waste, prepare for reuse (upcycle, refurbish), recycle, and recover contribute to sustainability and promote the circular economy.

Entry requirements

For level 2 apprenticeships, apprentices must achieve level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their EPA. 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

Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship

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