Mineral products technology

Mineral products technology

“Mineral products technology involves supervisory or managerial responsibility for an aspect of a mineral extraction or processing operation”

Mineral products are extracted from the ground and used in their natural form or can be processed into bricks, concrete and asphalt. These are basic but essential products that help to build our houses, hospitals and schools, and our roads, railways and airports. This diverse industry includes coal mining; peat extraction; mining of iron ore, uranium, thorium and other metal ores; quarrying of architectural stone, building stone and aggregates for construction, chalk and slate; operation of sand and gravel pits; mining of clays, kaolin and fertiliser minerals; salt production; and manufacture of cement, plaster and ready-mixed concrete. As a mineral products technology apprentice, you’ll probably start off as a trainee technical supervisor gaining experience and relevant qualifications in operational and supervisory aspects of the industry. This could lead on to more diverse supervisory or managerial roles in technical or production areas, or you might move into the commercial side of the business, perhaps in a sales role.

Duration: 12 to 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: 200 points or more at A-level and five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths, English and and science, or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree and above; Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree and above

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

More information: www.afo.sscalliance.org/frameworks-library/index.cfm?id=FR04328

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies