New Government Apprenticeship Standards require companies with a wage bill of more than £3m to pay an Apprenticeship Levy. Recycling Lives is one of a group of employers who have invested this money in the creation the first ever metal recycling apprenticeship.
The Metal Recycling General Operative Apprenticeship will teach a comprehensive range of practical skills, including:
Handling all types of equipment including industry specific, generic equipment like forklift trucks, shear and cable strippers.
Identify, sort and separate different metals into grades
Process End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE), and Large Domestic Appliances (LDA).
Safe on-site conduct
In addition, all apprentices will develop a knowledge and appreciation of a wide range of processes, site administration, risk assessment and legislation that relates to metal recycling.
During the apprenticeship, apprentices are assessed through observation, professional discussions and portfolio work. In order to pass, they must also have a Level 2 in Maths and English – although this is not a necessary requirement of getting onto the apprenticeship scheme.
We hope that by creating this apprenticeship more people will have access to a career within the Metal and Recycling Industry.