Thu 21st February 2019

Axia one of 3 in the country to provide new manufacturing apprenticeship standard - SMPO

Axia Solutions are now delivering the new SMPO qualification apprenticeship standard at Hosokawa Micron Ltd in Cheshire.

We are only the third Training Provider in the country to deliver this qualification which is designed to provide manufacturing operatives with more up to date training, this in turn will help to future proof their respective industries.

Hosokawa Micron Ltd is an international company and their UK base in Runcorn provide a full testing, design, Installation and commissioning service to a wide range of industries both in the UK and overseas.

Their first cohort of learners; Neil Burgess, Paul Burke and Philip Cain have collectively worked at the company for over 60 years and are employed as Process Leaders.

The learners have a vast amount of knowledge and experience gained from working in the company’s various processes and also by visiting other international sites within the group.

Each of the learners has had no formal education training for over 30 years, so the SMPO, along with the Functional Maths and English qualifications, are a completely new learning journey for each of them.

The new SMPO (Science Manufacturing Process Operative) standard is a 15 month course which is an alternative to the PMO (Performing Manufacturing Operations) framework.

The 3 employees used as a pilot for this qualification are excited and nervous for the new course, here is what they had to say about embarking on the latest learning journey after 30 years:


“As I have not been offered the opportunity before I am now looking forward to achieving all the qualifications, the SMPO and Maths and English will help me with my career prospects, also the Maths and English will enable me to support my two boys with their school homework”.


“ When I was given the opportunity of gaining the qualifications, I immediately said yes as I believe they will help me to progress further in my career, also I feel I need support with my writing skills because it has been a long time since I attended any English classes”.


I would like to achieve my qualifications because I feel they will help to be more confident in my job role, I also feel I need to improve my English grammar skills particularly punctuation”.

If you would like to know more about the new SMPO standard, get in touch here or call 01782572777