Have you always had that knack for practical, hands-on tasks? Are you often curious about how things are made and why things work? If so, perhaps working as an operative in a quarry, cement or asphalt site is your career call. You will be loading trucks and driving some of the large yellow machinery such as a loading shovel.

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

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Closing date: 04 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    • Pension • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays on top • Share Saver Scheme • Life Assurance • Broad learning opportunities and career progression pathways.

  • Working week

    40 hours a week. Working days and start and finish times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    31 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Must be over 18 for this role for insurance purposes
  • As an apprentice operative, you’ll support the vital need to uphold quarry and cement site production
  • You’ll be loading trucks with rocks, stone, sand, and gravel and driving some of the large yellow machinery such as a loading shovel
  • You will be maintaining machinery such as the loading shovel by ensuring it is well greased, dust free and reporting any defects
  • You will get involved in maintaining a tidy site to keep everyone safe and ensuring machinery doesn’t get damaged

If you’re one to tiptoe around puddles with trepidation, maybe this role isn’t for you. You won’t be spending every day in a clean, corporate office swivelling on an office chair! If you have a natural affinity with the great outdoors, in all weathers, then now we’re talking!

The training you will be getting

You will complete a Level 2 Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operative apprenticeship, over a period of 24-months.

Functional Skills in maths and English (if required).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There are opportunities to train to drive and use lots of types of plant equipment, such as diggers and loading shovels
  • Other opportunities in the future could be supervisory and team leading roles

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Minimum grade 2/E) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Minimum grade 2/E) Essential

About the employer

Breedon is a leading construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland. Our GB division comprises fully-integrated aggregates and downstream products businesses throughout the UK . We supply aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete & mortar and concrete blocks, together with a range of specialist building products including clay bricks and tiles, other clay products, decorative aggregates and Welsh slate, which are sold throughout the UK and Ireland.






DN20 9HL

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Mineral processing mobile and static plant operator

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Stage 1 - application form and CV Stage 2 - telephone interview Stage 3 - face to face interview

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

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Mar 2024