Higher Apprentice Mineral Products Technician HEIDELBERG MATERIALS LIMITED

Gain operational, technical, financial, commercial and supervisory skills alongside a university qualification. Our higher apprenticeship programmes are designed to develop future careers in the mineral products industry in a practical environment. Duties include learning how to support the site manager with the day-to-day running of the site.

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

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Closing date: 04 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Benefits package includes access to an online employee discount platform, generous pension contributions, cycle to work scheme , life assurance, annual salary review, bonus schemes ( subject to terms and conditions) and childcare vouchers

  • Working week

    40 hours per week Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm, with one hour unpaid for lunch. Attendance in person at University of Derby approximately 5 times per academic year for 2 days at a time as well as online blended learning sessions.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties will include (but not be limited to):

·       Aiding in achieving optimum production output in line with commercial activity at the lowest sustainable operational cost whilst continually advancing operational improvements to increase efficiency with good management of the production functions

·       Proactively proving high personal standards of safety behaviour, and monitoring the performance of the workplace through reporting and safety ‘Conversation’ processes

·       Aiding in the management of mobile plant and machinery to ensure efficient running of plants to achieve outputs including regular inspection, managing breakdown situations, preventative maintenance

The training you will be getting

You will 'earn while you learn' by completing a level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Mineral Products Technology while working on a Heidelberg Materials site. During the programme you will gain experience and relevant qualifications in operational aspects of our business alongside blended learning delivered by The University of Derby from which you will receive a Diploma.  You will also receive an NVQ level 4 in Safety Health and Environment as well as completing a level 5 higher apprenticeship Mineral Products Technician. You will be supported by your line manager, and assigned a buddy, a mentor, as well as receiving first class training internally. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship and the Heidelberg Materials on site  programme you could progress to a supervisory role, assistant manager level. From your fourth year Heidelberg Materials will also fund and enable you to top up your studies towards a full honours degree in minerals management over an additional two-year period.

We can offer you clear career pathways, with access to multiple opportunities across our business from unit, production, plant, or operational managers, to transport and distribution managers, technical or commercial roles. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you then please apply online now.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects include Maths, English & Science (Grade 4 (C) or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent 2 subjects including a STEM subject (Grade A - C) Essential
Other UK Driving Licence (Grade Full or in progress by Sept 24) Essential
Other Welsh Baccalaureate, Diploma, NVQ level 3 (Grade Pass) Essential

Things to consider

Due to the nature of our sites and the programme requirements a driver's licence is highly desirable. We will accept applicants who are in progress of achieving their licence. You must be willing and able to relocate at any stage during the programme to benefit from the opportunities on offer.

About the employer

Working at Heidelberg Materials UK is about being part of One Team. We operate over 280 manufacturing and distribution sites in the UK and employ more than 3,500 people in a wide range of roles from production workers, plant operators, technicians and drivers to sales, IT, engineering and finance managers. We are part of Heidelberg Materials, one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of building materials and solutions. We are represented in more than 50 countries with around 51,000 employees at almost 3,000 locations.Our aim is to be a leading sustainable business and we are committed to being fair, respectful and inclusive and are an equal opportunities employer. We exceed customer expectations through an engaged team that is professional, responsible and reliable. We believe in working safely and sustainably, focusing on a zero-harm workplace and our ambitious target to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2030. Our employees understand that we do much more than just produce materials: we are vital to ensuring roads can be built and maintained; we manufacture the concrete foundations for buildings such as schools and hospitals; and we are part of major infrastructure projects that will shape the future of the UK.




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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 products technician

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website https://www.careers.heidelbergmaterials.co.uk/en/apprenticeships/higher-apprenticeships. All of our higher apprenticeship vacancies are listed by location. Please apply to the vacancy of your preferred location or contact our Recruitment team. E: recruitment@uk.heidelbergmaterials.com

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

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Mar 2024