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Higher Apprentice - Operations Management

Job Reference tarmac/TP/112/5144

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Contract Type:
£19,000 + Benefits Package
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Job Functions:
Early Careers
Region / Division:
Contracting - North & Scotland
Business Unit:
North & Scotland

Job Introduction

Are you a school or college leaver, or potentially looking for a change of career?  If so; then please read on as we may just have the Apprentice role for you…

At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer. 

Come and join us as a Higher Apprentice - Operations at Tarmac, based at our Salford Readymix ‘RMX’ Plant in Manchester, you'll get hands on experience in various tasks that will help develop your skills, qualify and allow you to progress within the business, starting a career in operational management and learn the ropes from the ground up!

The role is easily commutable from Manchester, Warrington, Stockport, Wigan, Oldham, Salford, Pendlebury, Swinton, Old Trafford, Eccles, Eccles, Old Trafford, Prestwich, Cheadle, Wythenshawe, Tyldesley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Rochdale, Heywood and the surrounding areas.

Here at Tarmac, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Main Responsibilities

As a Higher Apprentice - Operations you will be bringing life to various production operations and projects! In our business you will work with heavy machinery and play a critical role in keeping our manufacturing plants functioning. You will be a vital part of the team responsible for making sure all the systems in place are efficient and at a high standard, and also producing new ideas to make production more efficient. Tarmac, we will make sure your safety is our priority by providing full protective clothing.

Duties may include (not exhaustive): ​

  • Working in our manufacturing sites you will gain knowledge and understanding of our products, production process, quality control, logistics and complaint handling ​
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop your business knowledge and share any best practices you observe. We’ll value you as a fresh pair of eyes to support the site teams in improving quality, processes and production, we want you to build the confidence to challenge, think about new ways of working and help our business to improve! ​
  • You’ll support Managers to manage their teams and functions whilst being involved in production
  • Plenty of chance for some hands-on experience on site, where you can make your mark and become a vital part of the team, actively participating in the operational and production work at our concrete plants​
  • You will also be able to learn about breakdowns and planned maintenance work on the equipment and assets​
  • Liaising with hauliers and drivers​
  • Linking between the different functions within the business, bringing teams together​
  • Rest assured we don’t expect you to hit the ground running from day 1– you will initially start out by shadowing a supervisor
  • You will play a key role in important projects to help improve the way we work and deliver added value ​
  • 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 ​Taking pride in all work completed and being determined to succeed!​

As a Higher Apprentice - Operations it won’t always be glamorous, however your safety and health is our number one priority. Your colleagues are there to help and look out for each other, and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

While learning in your day-to-day role, you will complete our Professional Development Programme, giving you a good grounding to start an exciting career in our industry.


Further details of the qualification can be found here:


*Please note you must be able to travel between site and college for this apprenticeship


**Due to the nature of the role, you must be 18 years of age on or before 31st August 2024 to apply for this Apprenticeship


What you will get from us in the role of Higher Apprentice - Operations

  • Your line manager and mentor will give you help and guidance throughout your apprenticeship programme
  • Your Operational colleagues, who most of your daily interactions will be with will provide support and knowledge
  • Health and Safety Team, always on hand to make sure we are working safely, although safety is everyone’s responsibility!
  • Human Resources​, here to support the development of your career with Tarmac


  • Mineral Products Technician Level 5 Apprenticeship Qualification
  • Core Skills - 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

The Ideal Candidate

Our people come from a variety of different backgrounds and prior experience isn’t always necessary for success.

Educational Qualifications required for the role of Higher Apprentice - Operations:

​ GCSEs A-C or numbered equivalent (9-4) in both English and Maths​


  • Safety first mindset​
  • Practical and hands-on​
  • Enthusiastic about starting a career in the building materials industry!​
  • Passionate about working safely​
  • A team player​
  • Willingness to learn and develop

Why Us

In addition to the role of Higher Apprentice - Operations we offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives, and benefits:

  • 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 (employee networks) we currently have nine communities inc. (REACH) Religious, Ethnic, Cultural Heritage, LGBTQ+, Parents & Carers, Ability, Wellbeing, Female Voice, and Menopause
  • 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.

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