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Higher Apprentice - Operations Management

Job Reference tarmac/TP/112/2384

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Job Introduction

Working as a higher apprentice in our Operational teams you will get exposure to numerous elements of our manufacturing process and what it takes to manage our plants. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to start out a career in operational management and learn the ropes from the ground up… A typical day as a Higher Apprentice in Operations will be very varied but typically you could be involved in:

Main Responsibilities

  • Working in our Concrete, Aggregate, Asphalt or Building Products manufacturing sites (dependent on where the role is based). To help you establish where you want to specialise it is likely you’ll be given exposure to different products through rotations or secondments during your apprenticeship. ​

  • We’ll value you as a fresh pair of eyes to support the site teams in improving production efficiency, we want you build the confidence to challenge, think about new ways of working and help our teams improve the effectiveness of their sites.

  • You’ll support Site Managers, Maintenance Managers and Operations Managers in the running of their teams and functions. ​

  • At Tarmac, safety is our no.1 priority - you work safely and you go home safely at the end of the day. You’ll play an important role in driving a positive culture, challenging us when something doesn’t feel right, or where there are opportunities to improve our safety performance​

  • You will be provided with support to be able to take on the responsibility of the basic maintenance and inspections on site, learn to operate mobile plant, undertake site-based duties (including production process and keeping the site clean and maintained).

Life on site will involve working both inside and outside.  It won’t always be glamorous! However, your safety and health is our number one priority and full protective clothing and equipment is provided.  Your colleagues are there to help and look out for each other, and safety is everyone’s responsibility.​

Whilst you’re learning on the job, you’ll attend our Core Skills Development Programme designed to expand your business knowledge, strengthen core skills and offer networking opportunities with other graduates, higher apprentices and key stakeholders across the Tarmac business in order to successfully transition into your destination role​.​

Alongside this programme, we will support your academic progression through the opportunity to complete the Derby University Foundation Degree course, giving you a good grounding to start an exciting career in our industry and earn while you learn! Further details of the qualification can be found here:

The Ideal Candidate


  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) A-C or numbered equivalent (9-4) including English and Maths, or level 3 qualification, including A levels, NVQ, BTEC, or Level 3 apprenticeship.


  • Willingness to learn and develop​.

  • Resilience​.

  • A desire to get stuck in and have variety of a hands on role with time working in the office too.

  • Enthusiastic about starting a career in the building materials industry!​

  • Passionate about working safely​.

  • A team player.

Why Tarmac

We offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives and benefits:

  • Bonus scheme 
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement
  • Contributory pension scheme 
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc. 
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice 
  • Access to join our Employee Communities inc. BAME; LGBTQ+; Working Parents 
  • Training and development opportunities 

Interested? Why not click here to find out more?  Go on… are you ready to build your future?

Tarmac is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.