Materials Testing Technician Apprentice AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES UK LIMITED

This role is perfect for anyone wanting to gain valuable skills working in the construction industry and lab. This could lead to a wider choice of career development options, including materials scientist and Engineer posts. You’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

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

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Closing date: 12 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    ● A competitive starting salary, with annual pay rises ● Competitive pension and 33 days’ holiday per year (including bank holidays)

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm, shifts, may work evenings and weekends.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a member of Aggregate Industries materials testing team you’ll push construction materials to their limits ensuring that they’re safe and reliable to use. These materials will need to exist for many years to come without expensive maintenance, without damaging the structure and without endangering human life. 

No two days are ever the same with Aggregate Industries. You’ll not only spend time between testing on site and testing in the lab, but you’ll also visit and work at several locations nearby - a great opportunity to meet others to aid professional progression and skill sharing.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working alongside other team members, testing the properties of construction materials including concrete, aggregates, and asphalt
  • Improving the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use
  • Helping bring materials testing in the 21st century using new technologies (e.g. Switching over to automated processes, new ergonomic equipment or even new recording and reporting systems)
  • Developing an understanding, knowledge and practical methods used to examine materials, including non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Following testing methods to ensure safety and quality and to support the lab in maintaining its accreditation to operate
  • Travelling to and from sites, collecting materials to be tested

Through training and development provided, you’ll work towards excellence in the following areas:

  • Undertake 21-month apprenticeship to Level 3
  • Ensure all work is undertaken safely in accordance with required processes
  • Undertake testing of materials including aggregates, concrete, and asphalt in accordance with required standards, in the laboratory and on construction sites
  • Comply with the high standards of work required by the Quality Management Systems to required deadlines
  • Maintain equipment to required standards as required by the Laboratory Manager
  • Proactively communicate with senior staff to ensure effective communication
  • Attend training courses and assessments as required by the apprenticeship standard and maintaining training records

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

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

Over 21 months, you’ll devote a minimum of 6 hours of your working week on ‘off the job’ training. This can include theory training (for example, virtual lessons and online learning), alongside practical training (for example shadowing, mentoring, and time spent writing assignments.

Together this will count towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship.

You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at Aggregate Industries who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

The best part? You’ll be earning a salary while you gain your qualifications, meaning no huge student loans to pay back at the end of the programme! 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After completing your Level 3 apprenticeship there are many pathways available to you at Aggregate Industries and beyond. Here are some examples of how your career may progress: 

  • Level 4/5 Technician Scientist apprenticeship  
  • Senior technician (Average salary £29,015/year)
  • Materials Engineer (Average salary £34,565/year)
  • Laboratory Manager (Average salary £38,207/year)
  • Project lead (Salary bonuses)

Our goal is to train you in many aspects of material testing and quality control. Hard work and achievement will be rewarded.

Not only that but the apprentice will have the opportunity to become a registered Science technician (RSci Tech).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Analytical skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK and have lived in the UK for the past 3 consecutive years.

About the employer

Did you know? Aggregate Industries is one of the leading building materials suppliers in the UK! Our mission is to become the UK leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, and you can help us get there.




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Training provider



Daisy Goodwin


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This link will take you to the Tiro career page where you can fill in your application. Application deadline is 1st July. Start date September 2023. Assessment centres to be held in April (Date TBC). Expected start date 4th September 2023.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 12 Oct 2023