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.  

Our Higher Apprenticeship Programmes  offer the perfect blend of personal and professional development, with opportunities for a Technical Apprentice to join our Cement, Lime and Packed Products Team at our Tunstead site, close to Buxton in Derbyshire. 

Working as a higher apprentice in our Technical teams will give you exposure to working in a supervisory role within the function. 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…  

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. 

A typical day as a Higher Apprentice in Technical will be very varied but typically you could be involved in: 

Activities will include: 

  • 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 quality, we want you build the confidence to challenge, think about new ways of working and help our business to improve!​ 

  • You’ll support Technical Managers to manage 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’ll be involved in all things technical from product sampling and testing​, record keeping and tracking data​, and investigating customer complaints with management ​.​ 

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: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/mineral-products-technician-v1-0


  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) A-C or numbered equivalent (9-4) including English and Maths, & x2 level 3 qualifications, which could include A levels, NVQ, BTEC, or a 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. 

  • Attention to detail with an analytical mindset. 

Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits
Location: Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Job Reference: tarmac/TP/67621/3940

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