Minerals Laboratory Technician Apprentice CAPITAL CONCRETE LIMITED

At Brett we are excited to offer an opportunity for you to join our higher-level apprenticeship program certified by the University of Derby and the Institute of Minerals and Quarrying. Our Mineral Lab Technician apprenticeship allows you to gain practical hands-on experience and obtain a highly regarded minerals industry-recognised qualification.

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Closing date: 17 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary range is £18,000 - £25,000 25 days annual leave, pension matched upto 11%, life assurance and more.

  • Working week

    General office hours i.e 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday with some flexibility to meet business needs at busy times.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As a mineral lab tech apprentice, you'll work with different parts of the business including production staff and customers whilst studying for your level 5 Mineral Products Technician qualification. 

Duties to include;

  • Laboratory analysis; perform a variety of tests and analyses on mineral samples using advanced techniques
  • Data recording and reporting; Accurately record and interpret analytical data, prepare comprehensive reports, and effectively communicate findings to senior lab staff and project managers
  • Quality control; implement quality control procedures to guarantee the precision and accuracy of test results and participate in continuous improvement initiatives
  • Health & Safety; Adhere to all health and safety regulations, ensuring a safe working environment for yourself and your colleagues 
  • Collaboration; Work closely with technical teams to support ongoing projects and research initiatives
  • As part of your apprenticeship, you will study all aspects of mineral extraction and production and gain knowledge in key business and operations management 

The training you will be getting

  • Level 5 Mineral Products Technician 

You will complete this apprenticeship through blended learning; travelling to campus (Derby) for in-person lessons once per term alongside virtual classroom and self-led learning through set work.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will be a fully qualified Mineral Products Lab Technician, we expect you will join the team of lab techs and potentially progress further within the business. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any/Ideally STEM subjects (Grade Pass or above) Essential

Things to consider

It would be highly advantageous to have a Full UK driving license at the commencement of this apprenticeship to aid in your travel to other Brett sites and to attend University once per term.

About the employer

Brett is the UK’s largest independently owned building materials Group, which includes Capital Concrete, with over 60 sites across the South, Southeast, East and Midlands and employing over 700 people. With a reputation for excellence, we offer superb development opportunities to people keen to be a part of our continued growth. As an independent business we can offer real job satisfaction in an environment which encourages you to contribute, supports you in getting the job done and enables you to become part of a team that delivers building materials for big ideas.




Capital Concrete

The Rail Yard

Drury Way

NW10 0JJ

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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

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