Materials Apprentice CARILLION 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.

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Monthly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday

    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 Carillion’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 Carillion 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 - attension for identifying problems & defects
  • A flair for maths, 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 Maths 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 Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): From April 2017 the ANMW was set at £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Carillion is a leading international integrated support services business. We employ around 48,500 people and operate in the UK, Canada and Middle East.




Cambridge Services A14



CB23 4WU

You must have JavaScript enabled to view a map of the location

Additional location information

A14 project between Alconbury, Brampton, Godmanchester, Boxworth and Bar Hill.

Training provider

  • Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths.

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.

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Oct 2017