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On a waste resources operative apprenticeship you’ll help collect, transport, process, dispose and recycle waste and recyclables.

The phrase “waste resources operator” refers to anybody who has a significant role in the collection, transportation, processing, disposal, and recycling of waste and recyclables.

As an operative, you may be sent to a number of sites, including recycling centres, recycling facilities, and transfer stations.

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will learn about waste and recycling. This will include detecting waste and recyclables, sorting and separating them, treatment options, duty of care, and issues relating to health, safety, quality, and the environment.

You’ll assist with the site’s or activity’s day-to-day operations, ensuring that processes are carried out safely and efficiently. You will also contribute to environmental preservation, improved resource use, and quality improvement in line with relevant legislation.

What you’ll learn

On a waste resources operative, you’ll learn to:

  • Clear, accurate, and timely communication with colleagues, customers, and the broader public.
  • Use appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills on the workplace.
  • Conciliate different points of view within an argument, discussion, or perspective to achieve a good outcome.
  • Plan garbage collection routes, including access to and from the waste, as well as the safety and suitability of collection equipment and gear.
  • Prepare for the loading and unloading of garbage and resources in line with regulatory and organisational policy and practise.
  • Collect trash by hand and machine, reject rubbish, and deal with non-conforming waste in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • Identify and segregate recyclable materials, ensure that recyclables meet required quality standards, prepare, check, maintain, and use recyclable material sorting equipment, carry out sorting methods in accordance with organisational procedures and practises, and deal with superfluous materials and non-recyclables
  • Follow safe working procedures and practises that are in accordance with legal and organisational requirements.
  • Identify and address problems that may have an effect on health, safety, and hygiene standards in accordance with your responsibilities and company policies and procedures.
  • Recognize and report a near miss, incident, or occurrence.
  • Carry out and execute work duties as part of a team within performance limits.
  • Deal with colleagues and others constructively to ensure that tasks are done quickly and safely.
  • Maintain records in accordance with organisational processes, for example. Permission to use
  • Report any problems that arise to the relevant person in line with your organisational job role responsibilities.
  • Prepare to use vehicles, machinery, and equipment by doing daily checks to verify that they are in working order in accordance with work instructions and manufacturer’s instructions. Any problems should be disclosed according to company policy.

What you’ll do

Your day-to-day tasks on a waste resources operative apprenticeship could be to:

  • Manage local recycling bins and pick-up services
  • Track recycling services
  • Handle contracts and assess tenders
  • Control budgets
  • Promote local sustainability efforts and programmes
  • Offer recycling guidance
  • Investigate complaints
  • Recruit and training of volunteers

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

Assessment methods

The EPA uses the following three methods of assessment:

  • Multiple choice question test
  • Observation
  • Professional discussion

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

Working environment

You might work in an office or at a garbage disposal site.

On sometimes, your job may demand you to work outdoors.

Wearing protective clothing and using safety equipment may be needed.

Career path and progression

You may become a chartered waste manager with further study.

You may also work as an independent environmental consultant.

Key facts

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and geography

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000

Apprenticeship Standard

More information about the Level 2 Waste Resources Operative Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

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