WAMITAB is pleased to announce that they have been accepted onto the Register of Approved End-Point Assessment Organisations to deliver end-point assessment for the Metal Recycling General Operative Standard. “WAMITAB Assessment” will operate as a service of WAMITAB, separate from its activities as an Awarding Organisation.

Chris James, Chief Executive Officer for WAMITAB, said: “WAMITAB looks forward to working further with partners in the metals recycling sector whose operatives will benefit from a first class apprenticeship assessed by the industry professionals at WAMITAB.”

The Apprenticeship Standard

The Metal Recycling General Operative is set a level 2 and is aimed at those entering the industry working at a General Operative level.

Developed by employers and suitable for use in organisations of all sizes, the Metal Recycling General Operative Apprenticeship will see apprentices taking on a wide range of different tasks and responsibilities.

Apprentices will learn:

  • Environmental policies, health and safety legislation, handling and sorting requirements
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Safe working practices to operate equipment

In addition to these core competencies, apprentices will choose a specialism:

  • End-of-Life Vehicles
  • Weighbridge Operations
  • Material Handler
  • Material Classification
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The End-Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment is the final testing phase of a Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard which must be carried out by an approved Assessment Organisation.

The End-Point Assessment for the Metal Recycling General Operative is:

Multiple Choice Question Test

  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • 90 minutes to complete

Professional Discussions

  • 3 professional discussions
  • 40 minutes each

Observations / Simulations

  • 3 Workplace observations / Simulations
  • 40 minutes each

WAMITAB Assessment is available to speak with employers who wish to find out more about the Metal Recycling General Operative Apprenticeship end-point assessment. We will work with employers to ensure we tailor end-point assessment to each organisation and our tariffs will reflect this. WAMITAB Assessment will offer support and guidance resources to employers, training providers and apprentices throughout the apprenticeship process.

Additionally WAMITAB intends to submit applications to offer end-point assessment for the following related Apprenticeship Standards:

  • Waste Resource Operative – Level 2
  • H.E. Technician – Level 3
  • Facilities Management Supervisor – Level 3

For an informal discussion about the Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship, any other of the above apprenticeships or to discuss apprenticeships in general please email:

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For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email or visit Twitter: @WAMITAB

Notes to editors


WAMITAB is a specialist awarding organisation and charity that works directly with industry to shape and deliver employer-led qualifications for those working in cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management, resource management and recycling and parking from operative through to management level. With over 120 qualification pathways and 70 quality assured centres, WAMITAB offers an unrivalled specialist network to support employee development and is dedicated to delivering industry-relevant qualifications and support.

Contact: Sharon Simpson T: 01604 231950 E:

About apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a training programme that allows the learner to gain new skills and a nationally recognised qualification while working and earning. They take one to four years to complete depending on their level. The work-based training programmes are designed around the needs of employers to facilitate the development of practical, job specific skills by allowing inexperienced individuals to work alongside more experienced staff. The Apprenticeship Levy came into force in April 2017. All UK employers (public, private, and third sector) with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million are required to pay the levy. The levy is set at 0.5% of an employer’s annual wage bill and is collected by HMRC alongside income tax and National Insurance. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy. This means that although the levy applies to all employers, only those with a pay bill of over £3 million will pay it. The Apprenticeship Levy is UK-wide, apprenticeship provision is a devolved policy area in the UK and each nation has different administrative arrangements for the funding and delivery of apprenticeships; this means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training. Employers with operations in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales can access information about apprenticeships via the following websites: