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Extractives and mineral processing occupations apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the extractives and mineral processing occupations sector.

The extractives and mineral processing industry covers:

  • deep coal mines and opencast coal working
  • mining and agglomeration of lignite
  • extraction and agglomeration of peat
  • manufacture of solid fuel
  • mining of iron ore, uranium, thorium and other non-ferrous metal ores
  • quarrying of ornamental and building stone, limestone, gypsum, chalk and slate
  • operation of sand and gravel pits
  • mining of clays, kaolin, chemical and fertilizer minerals
  • production of salt
  • manufacture of cement, lime, plaster, ready-mixed concrete and mortars
  • cutting, shaping and finishing of ornamental and building stone
  • other mining and quarrying activities

Training opportunities

As an intermediate level apprentice you could:

  • operate mining machines that rip coal, metal and non-metal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars
  • take measurements to test the environmental conditions in the mine, reporting on findings and initiates appropriate action

On the advanced level apprenticeship you could:

  • organise the pre-planned maintenance for area under your control, organise staff rotations, ensure all work is carried out in a safe manner consistent with risk assessments, method statements and work permits
  • deal with emergency breakdowns and unplanned downtime in a safe and efficient manner
  • supervise the operation of an asphalt or concrete plant, taking actions in the event of breakdown or non compliance with specification
  • organise staff under your control

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeships in this sector.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • mining operative
  • trainee face worker
  • trainee locomotive driver
  • winder
  • banksman
  • shaftsman
  • onsetter
  • locomotive maintenance operative
  • FSV driver
  • belt maintenance man
  • methaneborer
  • exploration driller
  • linesman
  • mines explosive storeman
  • continuous mining operator
  • mines environmental tester
  • staple pit operative
  • back/cable bolter
  • operational support worker
  • mechanical scaler
  • process plant operator
  • mobile plant operator
  • extractives drill rig operator
  • mine rescue worker
  • face profiler

Advanced level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • mines electrical technician
  • mines mechanical technician
  • mines maintenance supervisor
  • quarry, depot or processing plant supervisor
  • shotfirer
  • potash mines electrical technician
  • potash mines mechanical technician

Apply for an extractives and mineral processing occupations apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education