CIWM strongly supports all initiatives that strengthen the skills and capability of individuals who work in our sector. Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for companies to provide long term training focused on making real changes to how individuals perform at work. Recent changes to apprenticeships and the introduction of a levy, paid by all organisations in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3m, has generated greater interest in apprenticeships than ever before.

In May 2018 the level 2 Waste and Resource Operative apprenticeship standard was approved and training providers are now being identified. More details can be found at the Institute of for apprenticeships website.

CIWM are committed to helping individuals and organisations to understand more about how they can access apprenticeship training and navigate how apprenticeship training works. We welcome your questions about apprenticeships and have set up a dedicated email address for you to make enquiries. Contact us on or call 01604 620426.

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Useful Information on Apprenticeships

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Fact Sheet for Apprentices

Essential information for apprentices in the waste and resources sector


Get answers to common questions about apprenticeships

For more information on apprenticeships visit our Frequently Asked Questions page
or contact us on or 01604 620426.