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Metal Recycling General Operative - Apprentice ELG Metals UK Ltd

The MRGO role will see an individual taking on a wide range of different tasks and responsibilities, both outside on the yard and in an office like environment. A team player, an MRGO will be charged with handling all types of equipment and will perform the many tasks undertaken in a metal recycling yard.

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Closing date: 25 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The apprenticeship wage will be decided by the Directors. It should be noted the rate of pay will be higher than the national minimum wage for apprentices.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday - 0730 to 1630 hrs

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    22 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

An average week will include:

  • Identifying different metals, sorting and separating them into grades and understanding of the commercial impact grading has on the organisation - with over 100+ different metallic material groups are regularly traded.
  • Develop knowledge of the processes involved within the industry, including site administration, risk assessment and legislation relating to the metal recycling industry.
  • Skills attained will be industry specific and include generic plant and equipment, such as forklift truck, shear, material re-handler.
  • All core elements of the apprenticeship programme will need to be completed plus one of the additional options as detailed in the standard.
  • Safety will form a key element of the MRGO's role and they will be expected to work safely within a team to ensure material are processed and handled in the correct and safest way.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Apprentice training will be predominantly held on-site, with offsite training (normally 1 day per month) at our designated training provider - Mayor Environmental Ltd, who are based in Nuneaton.    

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Career progression:

By gaining our industry specific qualification, which is transferrable to other companies within our industry you have the opportunity to develop and build a long term career. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 2) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Level 1) Essential

Things to consider

This apprenticeship will be mainly working outdoors

About the employer

ELG is a world leader in the trading, processing, and recycling of raw materials for the stainless-steel industry, as well as high performance materials such as superalloys.


ELG Metals UK Ltd


55 Heath Road


WS10 8LP


Sue Perks


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Metal recycling general operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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