What to expect from the Tarmac Apprenticeship Scheme

Apprentices are crucial to our business, as we look to the next generation of talent to help us build a better future. There’ll be no tea making or waiting around in this role! Attracting, developing and keeping the best talent possible at Tarmac is the goal, and we’ll support you no matter what stage you are in your career.

Whether you were a high achiever at school or college, or school just really wasn’t your thing – it doesn’t matter. We’re interested in you as a person and what you’ll bring to our business! It’s really important to us that you enjoy yourself when you join Tarmac, as well as gaining some industry recognised qualifications along the way. Our schemes vary from purely office or purely site-based position, to a blend of both.

Don’t be shy – you don’t have to be straight out of school or college to apply for our schemes. If you’re looking to make a career transition or re-train, we’d love to help you with that too.

So much more than roads. Tarmac, building our world.

2024 Apprentice Programmes

Applications for our 2024 Apprentice Programmes are now open. If you're looking to pursue a career in an area where we don't have 'live' vacancies, we'd love for you to register your interest. By doing so, we'll let you know full details of any additional programmes that may be launched in the new year.

Our recruitment timeline for our 2024 Apprentice programmes will be  -

Applications open 4 December 2023

Applications Close - 29 February 2024

Interview & Assessment Stages - March & April 2024

What's in it for you?

We’re proud of the standard of training on offer with us. Whether you’re assigned to a college, or take up one of our tailored, in-house programmes, we’ll work with you to provide the qualifications that will set you up for your future career.

As well as a blend of formal learning and hands-on contact time with some of the most experienced professionals in the industry, you’ll receive a great salary and a number of company benefits. We know this important when you’re making a decision on whether to apply or not, so here’s a bit of a summary of what’s on offer for you:

How we support you

Company car

Role dependent, you'll be given a company car or van for when you're out and about travelling between different sites and locations.

Paid holiday days

Don't panic, we understand work-life balance is very important so your holiday allowance for the year is not taken out of your salary.

Tarmac Reward

Enjoy discounts for a wide variety of retailers, ranging from Apple and John Lewis to Currys and Adidas.

Tech scheme

​Get the latest tech at the best price, and spread the payments over your salary interest free.


Right from joining, you'll be eligible for our company-wide bonus based on how we've been performing as a way of saying thank you for your efforts.


Get access to our online portal with exercise classes, recipes and a range of other features - your wellbeing matters to us. Access to join our Employee Communities inc. BAME; LGBTQ+; Working Parents.

Save as you earn (SAYE)

We'll help you create a saving plan to help you manage your money to get you that first car, house or even on that holiday you've been eying up.

Employee Assistance Programme

We'll provide you with completely free confidential support and counselling if you need it. Anything from emotional support and family relationships, to legal information and work and career support.

Industry qualifications

​Depending on the role you take, we'll work with you to make sure you get the best training and relevant qualifications for your area of work.

Meet our apprentices

Hear from a selection of our early careers community on what life is like at Tarmac, how they find their roles and what to look forward to when you join our business!


Abbie - quantity surveyor higher apprentice


Max - readymix technical higher apprentice


Lauren - HR advisor apprentice

How to apply

To be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship scheme with us, you’ll need:

  • To meet the minimum educational requirements of the apprenticeship framework. These will vary and are listed in our job adverts. If you are worried about this, drop us an email to – we may be able to support you.

  • An appetite to continue to learn whilst building a career with us.

  • A sense of pride about who you are and what you bring to the table. We value difference and want you to feel empowered to be yourself in our business!

We’re passionate about giving you the best candidate experience possible which is why we review and tailor our application process each year to keep improving. Have a look at what to expect when applying for the scheme and what happens next if you are successful:

Apply online

Application journey

Apply for our apprentice vacancies here

Check out the variety of vacancies we have on offer


Keep Tarmac running and improving behind the scenes in one of our offices. You’ll often hear these referred to as ‘corporate functions’. From finance and marketing, to IT, HR and procurement, you’ll help Tarmac run as efficiently as possible and help us move forward as a business. There are jobs and so much more on offer here.


Operational roles are the heartbeat of Tarmac, producing and providing materials to build a more sustainable future. From engineering and quarry management to HGV drivers and machine operators, take pride in helping us build the UK. Roads, buildings, hospitals and offices – we do it all.


We need to keep that link between the operational business and corporate functions. Join us in commercial, technical and a variety of different jobs to experience both office and site-based work. You’ll help us make sure we’re all on the same page and experience a role where no two days are the same!

Parents and teachers

Unsure of whether we are right for your child or student? We understand – it's natural to be cautious and we know that supporting graduates and apprentices through the transition from school or university to the world of work can be stressful!

We’re here every step of the way! We’ll run Q&A sessions throughout our annual early careers recruitment campaign giving you the opportunity to get involved and find out more. Alternatively, you can email our resourcing team.
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