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2018 Apprenticeship Scheme

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We are the company behind some of the UK’s most iconic construction projects, and the materials we make are a key part of our everyday lives.

Our people have been shaping the world around us for more than 100 years, from the roads we drive on every day, to the buildings, airports, stadiums, offices and hospitals we live in and work in.

We are very proud of our history and what makes us the company we are today. We also have huge ambitions for the future and want to continue our growth and innovation to remain at the leading edge of our industry.

We’re looking for people who share this passion, enthusiasm and collaborative approach to join our team of over 7,000 employees across the UK. As part of a global business in CRH, the career opportunities are limitless.

Why not make your mark by joining us as an apprentice? We offer excellent training, career development, competitive salaries, and the opportunity for you to develop skills, experience and knowledge in a forward-thinking company.

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Meet Our Apprentices

Here's some of our apprentices talking about their experiences of the apprenticeship programme so far.

  • Hollie Kirk, Customer Service Apprentice
  • "Tarmac’s apprenticeship scheme has given me so many opportunities for career development and training, and I’m really grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received."

    I decided to train in customer service as it’s an area that offers lots of transferable skills like communication and people management. I chose to apply to Tarmac because they offered the best training opportunities and are at known as leaders in the UK construction industry.

    I work in the packed products team, supplying building materials to builders’ merchants who sell our products to DIYers and construction companies to build homes, offices, schools and lots of other infrastructure projects. It’s my job to help our retail customers find products to stock and answer any queries they have. I’m their main point of contact, so I’m responsible for representing Tarmac and maintaining its good reputation. The nice thing is that I’m trusted and supported to make key decisions myself. I enjoy getting to know people and building strong relationships with our customers, which is really rewarding because I know they trust me with their orders.

    Without my work, people and construction companies wouldn’t be able to supply the materials they need so it’s exciting to think that in my role I get to contribute to making the buildings around us.

    I’ve just finished studying my Customer Service Level 2 qualification, which took about a year to complete. Tarmac supported me with a private training provider who gave me tutoring and assignments to complete alongside my job. My managers are really encouraging and were really helpful with my coursework. I’m want to continue learning and am already looking for another course I can study to help build my skills and do an even better job for our customers.

    Tarmac’s apprenticeship scheme has given me so many opportunities for career development and training, and I’m really grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received. I would definitely recommend a Tarmac apprenticeship to anyone looking to take their first step on the career ladder.

  • Courtney Lancaster, Commercial Excellence Apprentice
  • “I feel that the company is invested in helping me to succeed and I’m excited to see what I will achieve next.”

    I work at Tarmac Building Products at the head office in Wolverhampton. A friend of mine who works in the commercial team put me forward for the Apprenticeship, after being successful I am now pleased I followed in her footsteps as I’ve shared the same positive experiences.

    As a commercial excellence apprentice, it’s my responsibility to collate and analyse our performance as a business, to understand how we can improve and ensure customer satisfaction.

    There’s so much variety in what I do and I enjoy that every day is different. I’m always collaborating with lots of people from different departments which is great as I’ve been able to learn from them and understand more about the running of the business. My colleagues are extremely supportive and always take time out to help me with any questions I have.

    I’ve just completed my Level 4 NVQ in Business Administration where I studied units relevant to my role. I worked with an assessor who visited me once every couple of months to help me prepare for assessments and talk through my thoughts and ideas about the work I was doing. I found this really helpful as it supported all the practical things I was learning on the job.

    I would definitely recommend a Tarmac apprenticeship to anyone looking to launch their career. I feel that the company is invested in helping me to succeed and I’m excited to see what I will achieve next.

  • Liam Owen, Trainee Supervisor
  • "Tarmac has motivated me from day one to challenge myself and develop my skillset to become the best manager I can possibly be"

    I first joined Tarmac in 2014 as a management apprentice. Since then, I’ve gained the industry knowledge and management skills I need to succeed in my current role as a Trainee Supervisor. I won Apprentice of the Year in 2016 at the national Highways Awards, which was a proud moment for me.

    I work out of the Birtley depot in Tyne and Wear, one of Tarmac’s big regional offices. My highlight of the job so far has been implementing the latest digital technology developed by Tarmac to help customers resurface their roads. I was part of the team that first used the technology on the Morpeth Northern Bypass and actually replaced the specialist engineer who had been hired on the job because I learnt how to use it so fast.

    The technology has been really successful and because of my knowledge, colleagues have asked me to help them present it to potential new customers.

    Tarmac has motivated me from day one to challenge myself and develop my skillset to become the best manager I can possibly be. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved, especially the high level of responsibilities I’ve been given, so I would certainly encourage anybody looking for a challenging career with plenty of development opportunities to apply.

  • Olivia Willingham, Commercial Higher Apprentice
  • "I feel proud to build my career with a company that’s at the forefront of its industry, and which has so much relevance to our everyday lives."

    Tarmac is a well-known brand, but I think few people appreciate the number of opportunities the minerals and construction materials industry offers. I certainly didn’t until I discovered my apprenticeship.

    It’s a very diverse job because every six months I rotate to a different department within the commercial team. Currently, I’m working on the design and launch of an exciting new website as well as conducting research into the use of social media in the construction industry. With its increasing use and popularity, it’s important to understand the emerging market trends to keep ahead of the curve. I also interact directly with customers negotiating orders and then booking and planning deliveries. It’s great that I’m introduced to so many areas of the business as it enables me to learn from and collaborate with other colleagues to find the role that’s right for me.

    My scheme is structured over four years. Two days a month I go to university to study for a Commercial Management Degree Apprenticeship. Tarmac is also helping me to get accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which will be invaluable in helping me to achieve my goal of going into a managerial role in the future.

    I think the importance of this sector isn’t truly understood by my generation. Tarmac’s products help to make the world around us, from roads to clean water to pet food! I feel proud to build my career with a company that’s the forefront of its industry, and which has so much relevance for our everyday lives.

    I would encourage anyone thinking of applying for an apprenticeship with Tarmac to go for it. I’m only 20, but I’ve already been able to learn and do so much. Even better, I’ve done this while earning a wage, studying for a degree and gaining hands on experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career.

  • Callum Prinn, Operations Management Apprentice
  • "Applying for my apprenticeship is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done."

    My dad first encouraged me to apply for a Tarmac apprenticeship, and it’s definitely been one of his better pieces of advice! I liked the idea of being fast-tracked into management and learning valuable skills in an exciting industry at the same time as studying for a degree.

    I work at Tarmac’s Barrasford quarry in Northumberland where I’m responsible for overseeing the blasting, crushing and rock screening. There’s a lot to do and it can sometimes be tough, but as a team we’re really supportive of each other and I’m often asking questions of the more experienced team members who are always happy to help.

    Away from the quarry, I’m studying for a Mineral Extractives Technology degree at Derby University. I go to lectures at the university to prepare for assignments, which are on a variety of quarrying topics, and talk through what I’ve learnt from working onsite.

    It’s been really interesting to see how my work helps to build the world we live in. When we extract the rock from the quarry it is then used for the construction of homes, offices, schools and hospitals.
    Applying for my apprenticeship is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s given me the opportunity to work for an industry leader in one of the biggest sector’s in the UK, gaining experience and qualifications at the same time. It’s definitely worth sending in an application.

  • Andrew Whalen, Electrical Apprentice
  • "I would encourage anybody looking to learn and earn in a fast-paced sector to consider an apprenticeship with Tarmac."

    I discovered Tarmac apprenticeships while I was at college. Lots of my classmates were only looking at university, but the opportunity to combine further study with hands on experience and earn at the same time made the Tarmac scheme the perfect fit for me.

    I work with the site electrician to maintain the equipment at Hillwood quarry near Edinburgh.No two days are the same, and the variety is one of the things I love most about my job. We’re responsible for keeping the plant running, which involves everything from routine maintenance to installing new equipment or finding rapid solutions in the event of a breakdown.

    I’ve been with Tarmac for just over two years now, and I’ve already gained a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 2 in performing engineering operations and a Higher National Certificate, equivalent to a year at university. I still attend college a couple of days a week as I’m now studying for a Higher National Diploma in electrical engineering and an SVQ Level 3 in electrical maintenance.

    There are so many complex technical systems in the quarry that there’s a lot to learn, but everything from the hydraulic crushers to the weighing scales are critical to ensuring that customers receive high-quality products made to unique specifications. My work supports the supply of materials for critical projects including upgrades to Scotland’s busiest motorways and the delivery of new wind farms to power the country. It’s a big responsibility but ultimately rewarding to be part of the huge team effort required to keeps these projects moving.

    I would encourage anybody looking to learn and earn in a fast-paced sector to consider an apprenticeship with Tarmac. The company supports your personal growth and career ambitions, and I take pride in knowing my work contributes to some of the most high-profile construction projects in the UK.

  • Abigail Finney, Apprentice Mechanical Fitter
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  • Rhys Roberts, Civil Engineer Apprentice
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  • Emma Cooper, Engineer Apprentice
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  • John Gamble, High Technical Apprentice

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete, and are available up to degree level and beyond.

What are the benefits?

  • Earn a competitive salary in a hands-on working environment
  • Be given time out to attend college
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications
  • Build essential skills, experience and transferable knowledge through in-role training
  • Receive individual mentoring and a tailored development programme

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Eligibility Criteria

For apprentices - minimum of grade C in English and Maths GCSE
For higher apprentices - entry is at A level standard

All applicants will be required to provide evidence that they have the right to live and work in the UK, as per the UK Illegal Working Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Tarmac is an equal opportunities employer.