Recycling operative apprenticeships - where to start
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You can do a Level 2 apprenticeship as a waste resource operative. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You can apply to companies directly if you've got relevant skills and experience, for example from working in waste collection.
You may have an advantage if you've had forklift truck training or can drive a large goods vehicle. An employer may give you training on the job, for example to get your large goods vehicle licence.
Recycling operative apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of public safety and security
- knowledge of recycling processes
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Recycling operative apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- empty recycling boxes and wheelie bins into the collection vehicle
- put boxes and bins back and make sure that you have left no litter
- use lifting machinery to help move and sort waste
- check that the right kind of materials have been put out for recycling
- sort waste and remove non-recyclable items
- inspect materials for any contamination
- speak to members of the public about recycling schemes
- clean and maintain equipment
You could work at a waste recycling site or from a vehicle.
Your working environment may be dirty, physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression - Recycling operative apprenticeships
With qualifications and experience you could move into a supervisory role at a waste collection site.