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Sustainable Resource Management

Course Code: AP2

Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years

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About the course

The waste management industry is developing rapidly as populations grow and governments and businesses look for alternatives to landfill for political, social, economic and environmental reasons. The use of technology has become fundamental to the industry. There are many exciting changes happening and this Apprenticeship in Sustainable Resource Management at City College Plymouth can help you become involved. Waste management includes the collection, transport, treatment, disposal and recycling of waste, the supervision of these operations and the after-care of disposal sites. Core areas within the industry include waste collection and transport, transfer stations and other household waste recycling centres, as well as generating energy from waste (including thermal recovery processes and anaerobic digestion), landfill, and recycling, processing and specialist operations. As an apprentice you would train ‘on the job’ learning all about different aspects of the waste management industry. You could undertake roles in the collection, transport, treatment and final management of waste and recyclables at both operator and supervisory levels. Your Apprenticeship might be with a local authority, a large private employer, a small to medium-sized enterprise (these often offer specialist services), or even within the sector of community and voluntary organisations.

What you'll learn
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma – completed at work with the help of a College assessor.
  • Level 2 Technical Diploma – completed at College with various tutors.
  • Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT.
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities.
  • PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self management and effective participation.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be through completion of
functional skills entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried
out by the engineering team at the College.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.