The Metal Recycling Technical Manager Apprenticeship is set to become the new route for technical competence. It is an enhanced learning route for more experienced individuals. 

The broad purpose of the occupation is to manage a commercially viable site in the metal recycling sector, which considers and responds to strict regulations and legislation specific to the sectors operational activity.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with employees, customers – general public and business-to-business – suppliers, contractors, police services, the ministry of defence (MOD), EA and HSE officers. Some interactions will take the form of unannounced visits such as those by the MOD, EA and HSE. At the same time, developing close relationships with the local community, including schools and charities, is a very important part of the MRTM role.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the management of day to day operations of a site. As a stand alone role, they are held accountable for all activity, broadly split into the following areas:

  • H&S: health, safety and well-being of all employees, contractors, visitors, customers and members of the public. 
  • Environmental impact: environmental accountability within guidelines set by EA, DEFRA, Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, shipping regulations, radiation, landfill regulations, etc. 
  • Financials: overall financial responsibility for the site, including, but not restricted to, ensuring the accurate grading and correct processing of metals and the immediate identification of hazardous materials and their correct treatment. Advise on corporate bids and tenders.
  • Human Resources: manage people through policies and procedures. Develop skills of their people through sector-specific qualifications such as the Metal Recycling General Operative.
  • Operations and logistics: operational accountability for the whole site, including all sector-specific, site-based equipment, as well as oversight of all transport and logistics issues. 
  • Community relationships: building community partnerships and raising awareness of the importance of the metal recycling sector.

Professional recognition 
The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) will recognise the Metal Recycling Technical Manager for student membership during the apprenticeship and Associate Member level upon completion. The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship standard will partially satisfy the requirements for Chartered Member. Apprentices will be required to pass an additional interview on successful completion of the apprenticeship standard to lead to Chartered status. For more details on the requirements and application process, please contact the professional body directly.

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