Materials Apprentice COSTAIN GROUP PLC

Working within the site laboratory, you will test construction materials like: earthworks, concrete, aggregates, and bituminous materials.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 15 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday (this may vary depending on shift)

    Total hours per week: 45.00

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Working within the site laboratory you will carry out site-based and laboratory testing for concrete, bituminous material, aggregates and soils.

The results of these tests will be used to improve the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use, and as a quality control check to make sure all materials comply with customer and contract specification.

This is a great opportunity to develop a career within the construction sector, offering you the chance to develop skills and specialisms that are highly sought-after.

Within this role you will develop an understanding and knowledge of the implementation of various methods to examine and test materials, including non-destructive testing (NDT).

  • On-site material testing, assessing the strength and flexibility of materials when under stress
  • Comply with the site quality system for the materials testing laboratory, developing an understanding of materials reporting
  • Analyse test results and produce reports that inform project engineers and managers against agreed deadlines
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and notify the laboratory manager of any defects requiring attention
  • Proactively communicate within the team to ensure effective performance
  • Carry out all work in a safe and diligent manner adhering to Costain’s HSE Policy as well as understand and comply with all policies and procedures at all times
  • Responsible for maintaining training records

Training overview:

  • The post holder will be required to participate in the formal apprenticeship scheme, as described above, which will include attendance at Youthforce training sessions to obtain formal academic qualifications required by the Costain Apprenticeship Development Programme
  • Understand and complete all work-related activities on time
  • Attend and fully participate in regular training, career and development reviews with line management, college staff, and other interested parties
  • The post holder will be expected to keep a work diary outlining their training progress throughout the course of the apprenticeship

There will be training to ensure any testing is carried out according to UKAS guidelines.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer literate
  • Good literacy, numeracy skills and IT skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills

Personal qualities

  • An interest in construction, science & laboratory testing
  • Ability to lift 25kg samples safely
  • Accurate and meticulous person - Great attention for identifying problems & defects
  • A flair for Mathematics, IT, and Science
  • Flexibility to work out of hours including night shifts and weekend working as required
  • Flexibility to travel as required
  • Creative, innovative, and able to use your initiative
  • Committed to self-development
  • A strong team player – help out where needed
  • Able to commit to an 18-month apprenticeship programme

Qualifications required

GCSE C grade or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent is preferable. Consideration given to those with good experience.

Future prospects

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in material testing and related areas. These include: • Higher Level Apprenticeship in Chemical Science (industrial). • Level 4 Certificate in Ready Mixed Concrete Technology. • Level 5 Diploma in Concrete Studies. This pathway also offers the participant an opportunity to work in a variety of settings, supporting a wide range of engineering projects. The experience & qualifications gained from this apprenticeship will prove invaluable to the successful candidate.

Things to consider

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Costain is recognised as one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers. Costain helps to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water and transportation infrastructures.




Cambridge Services A14



CB23 4WU

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Additional location information

You will be working on the upgrade to the A14 between Alconbury, Brampton, Godmanchester, Boxworth and Bar Hill.

Training provider

  • Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Activities.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics

Apprenticeship standard

Life and Industrial Sciences > Laboratory Technician

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by YOUTH FORCE LIMITED


Matt Taylor 01273776779

Employer's Application Instructions

Youthforce Application Form

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 15 Oct 2017