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This Modern Apprenticeship is offered at two levels. It can help you train new entrants to the extractive, minerals processing and associated manufacturing industry, but also provides a way to upskill existing staff. There’s a choice of pathways, making it suitable for employees wanting to go into technical, practical and specialised roles across the sector.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 5 in one of:

  • Plant Operations Extractives
  • Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science)
  • Processing Operations for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries
Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship, although health and safety restrictions usually require candidates to be over 18.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge they need in the following types of roles:

  • Processing plant operator
  • Mobile plant operator
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Plant maintenance fitter

They could also progress onto further qualifications including the SCQF level 6 Modern Apprenticeship, and courses in higher education.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for one of the following:

  • Processing Operations for the Extractives and Mineral Processing Industries at SCQF level 6
  • Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance at SCQF level 6
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science) at SCQF level 7
  • Weighbridge Operations at SCQF level 6
Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed the Minerals Extraction and Processing Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 5, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge they need for roles including:

  • Processing plant operator
  • Weighbridge operator
  • Laboratory technician
  • Plant maintenance engineer

With some additional training, they could progress to supervisory or technical roles

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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