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Working as a machine operator or an assistant in the overall papermaking process converting raw materials into paper products

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
36 months
Current funding band
Up to £6,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have GCSEs at grade A* to C (or equivalent) - including English, ICT, maths and a relevant science.

What apprentices will learn
  • papermaking principles and processes - including pulping, drying, reeling, coating, basic maintenance and quality control testing
  • using specialist tools and equipment - including beaters, debarkers, de-inkers, paper machines, pulpers and refiners
  • basic engineering maintenance - including changing filters, fitting parts and lubrication
  • health and safety practices and environmental regulations
  • level 2 NVQ diploma in performing engineering operations (or equivalent)

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.