Apprentice Materials Technician (Level 3), Aggregate Industries AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES UK LIMITED

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.

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Closing date: 29 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday (variable shift pattern). Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Apprentice Materials Technician you’ll be working in a laboratory but not as you know it! Be prepared to get mucky as you get to know your materials. This won’t be a sterile environment and requires someone who’s not afraid to get stuck in.
Working alongside some of our existing apprentices and fellow peers, you won’t be alone. You’ll be supported and guided, learning on the job as you go, by a team of other apprentices and experienced materials technicians. 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. 
As a member of Aggregate Industries laboratory 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.  

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.

The training you will be getting

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 & online learning), alongside practical training (for example shadowing, mentoring, & time spent writing assignments. Together this will count towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship, including Functional Skills in English and maths if required. 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 to expect at the end of your 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. Don’t take it from us, hear it from one of our top female Material Testing Apprentices:

“This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to increase my knowledge within all construction related sectors. Guidance and experience from individuals, such as consultants and principal engineers, has not only helped increase my knowledge, but has also helped me grow professionally and given me the confidence to communicate with people at all levels.” – Kennedy McCarthy.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A* - C (9 - 4)) Desired

About the employer

Aggregate industries are one of the leading building materials suppliers. Our aim is to be the UK leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions. We are committed to grounding sustainability in the future of the construction industry. With over 200 sites and around 3,700 dedicated employees, we offer a full range of construction products to help our partners work sustainably, safely, professionally, and profitably. Our people are at the very heart of our business. It’s in how our people build strong partnerships through a shared commitment to sustainability that drives business growth. Our teams can be counted on to add value, make a difference and truly care about what they do. By being supportive and open, we work together, striving for mutual success – and we encourage all our people to be curious and develop their skills.




Jurgens Road

Off London Road


RM19 1UA

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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


Emily Rankin

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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

Please use the link to apply through our website. We will be in touch soon after to arrange a discovery call to chat about the apprenticeship!

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Apr 2024