Process Manufacturing

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship equips employees in the chemicals, pharmaceutical and downstream sectors with the skills and knowledge they need. With a range of pathways, it’s suitable for roles such as process operator, engineering maintenance technician, refinery operator, technician or laboratory assistant.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6 or 7.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will be able to progress to further qualifications and awards, including:

  • an HNC/ HND in chemical engineering or a related discipline

  • a degree in process/chemical engineering or a related discipline

  • assessor and verifier awards

  • membership of a professional institution at engineering technician level

  • Cogent Gold Standard qualifications

  • qualifications in a complementary area, such as health and safety, training and development, business improvement or management

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider