Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling

Adam Hewitt

WAMITAB accepted onto the Register of Approved End‑point Assessment Organisations

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
  • S.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


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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