The MMMA has worked with Activate and One Stop Consulting to create a level 2 apprenticeship package for Engineering operatives. The first cohort is due to start by the end of August.


Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a workforce with the relevant skills and knowledge to sustain and enhance the sector.

The role covers a wide range of common and job-specific skill sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers. There may be subtle differences in terms of application of the job role specifics, but the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area they work in.

What job roles would be suitable for this training?

Servicing and maintenance operative, Machine setter/operative, Mechanical engineering operative, Fabricator, Engineering Fitter, Multi-disciplined engineering operative, Materials, processing and finishing operative, Technical support operative, founding/casting operative.

How will the course be delivered?

Your apprentice will attend the City of Oxford College Technology Campus either in person or via a blended online approach. The apprentice will attend one day a week in their first year, based on a 29 Day delivery plan. Each session will be 7 hours of instruction/practice and cover the Knowledge and Skills required by the apprenticeship standard.

What support will the apprentice get?

At least every 10 to 12 weeks, the apprentice will meet with their Activate Apprenticeships on-programme Performance Coach to review and record their progress against the apprenticeship requirements.

How much are apprentice wages?

Every apprentice must be paid a lawful wage for the time they are in work and in off the job training. You can find information on the national minimum wage, the apprenticeship rate and the definition of an employee on GOV.UK.

Are there any government incentives?

Yes there are. These will change or maybe end at the end of May 2022. Further information can be found by clicking on the link. Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice – GOV.UK (

How do I find a suitable apprentice?

Activate can help with the recruitment of apprentices.


For further information please contact Sue Riley on behalf of the MMMA 01993 220263