Minerals Extraction and Processing

Modern Apprenticeship


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This Modern Apprenticeship supports your employees to 'win' solid rocks and minerals. They will also process these to make raw materials for other industries. Winning is achieved by quarrying, mining or dredging.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

Modern Apprentices must be employed by an Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries employer. They should also be working in Scotland.

Due to health and safety regulations for young people on quarry sites, age restrictions may apply. This can vary according to specific locations and job roles. So age 18 is usually the youngest age for apprentices. Exceptions are possible in some circumstances.

Progression and development

After completing this apprenticeship, candidates could progress onto a range of careers in the sector. This includes:

  • processing plant operator

  • mobile plant operator

  • laboratory assistant

  • plant maintenance fitter

 Other opportunities for progression include: 

  • entry to the SCQF Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship

  • supervisory roles and occupations within the extractive, mineral processing and associated manufacturing industries

  • other operative or technical occupations in the sector such as Laboratory Technician, Weighbridge Operator, Driller, Shotfirer, Maintenance Engineer

  • entry onto other sector training or higher education courses

Other opportunities for progression include


How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider. 

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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