Apprentice Processing Plant Operator SIBELCO UK LIMITED

Build a career in the minerals industry to help shape the world around you. The mineral products industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. It’s the bedrock of construction and the built environment, from extracting and processing minerals to making building minerals. Be part of an industry that’s essential to our everyday lives.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, hours to be confirmed between 7.00am and 10.00pm, with potential shift work. Evening and weekend working may be required.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Operate static machinery associated with the processing of mineral products.
  • Carry out basic maintenance on static plant equipment.
  • Ensure all Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental standards are adhered to.
  • Support in ensuring that all processing activities and production demands are satisfied.
  • Be responsible for rigorously applying Sibelco UK’s H&S Policy. Ensuring systems, standards and written systems are applied at all times maintaining a strong health and safety culture.

The training you will be getting

  • The Apprentice will be enrolled onto and undertake a Level 2 Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator qualification and MP Skills will be the Apprenticeship training provider
  • The bulk of the training will take place at our King's Lynn site. However, the Apprentice will need to attend some training days off site at the M P Skills Training centre in Nottingham during the apprenticeship. These days will be spread across the apprenticeship and more information on this will be provided during the recruitment process.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Sibelco UK Ltd has a proud history of training apprentices over many years with many previous apprentices going on to work in the buisness, with some rising to senior levels within the company.
  • The expected career progression would be for learners to progress on to a Level 3 Team Leader course. However each invividual learners career path will be tailored to their aspirations. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

The role will involve some working outside, and will include manual, physical work at times. Sibelco aims to provide a truly diverse workplace, and workforce, where every employee can be themselves through brining their unique perspectives to work. So, whatever your interests, be part of an industry that's essential to our everyday lives.

About the employer

Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions. Sibelco sources, transforms, and distributes speciality industrial minerals such as silica, clays, feldspathics, and olivine, and is a leader in the field of glass recycling. The Sibelco Group operates sites in 32 countries, with a team of around 5,000 people.




Sibelco UK Ltd

Station Road


PE32 1EH


Graham Hole

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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

Material processing 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

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