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Sustainable resource management apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the sustainable resource management sector.

Sustainable resource management includes collecting, transporting, treating, disposal and recycling of waste, supervising these operations and the after-care of disposal sites.

Training opportunities

You’d train on the job, learning about different aspects of the waste management industry. You could undertake roles in the collection, transport, treatment and final management of waste and recyclables at both operator and supervisory levels.

Apprentices usually train for about 20 to 24 months (intermediate level) or 30 to 36 months (advanced level).

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of sustainable resource management apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • manual/mechanical street cleanser
  • recyclables collection driver
  • waste collection driver
  • refuse collection loader
  • weighbridge operative
  • transfer station operative
  • compost operative
  • materials recycling facility operative (picker/sorter)/recyling operative (reception and segregation/processing) household waste recycling centre (hwrc) operative
  • recyling operative (waste electrical and electronic equipment - weee)
  • recyclables collection loader

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • recycling/refuse collection supervisor (team leader)
  • transfer station supervisor
  • treatment (physical/chemical/ thermal) supervisor
  • biological treatment (in vessel composting/open windrow/anaerobic digestion) supervisor
  • materials recycling facility (mrf)/household waste recycling centre (hwrc) supervisor
  • landfill supervisor
  • sustainability officer

Apply for a sustainable resource management apprenticeship

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

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