To mark the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Tarmac is offering two apprenticeships at its Dunbar cement plant in Scotland, with a further 10 apprenticeships also available across England.
Starting in August of this year, the two lucky apprentices will join a team of 140 skilled employees at the Scottish based cement plant.
Not sure if an apprenticeship is for you?
Hear first-hand from two apprentices at Tarmac’s Dunbar cement plant, on what the role involves and why they would recommend an apprenticeship to others.
Here’s what Tyrhys Twist, aged 18 had to say:
Electrical engineering apprentice, Tyrhys Twist, started his apprenticeship in August 2019. In his first year, he was based at Edinburgh College four days a week – some of that time working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions, and one day a week at the cement plant. Now in his second year, he spends four days on–site with one day at college – currently virtually. When Tyrhys finishes his course in 2023, he aims to achieve an HNC in electrical engineering.
“I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship here. The company likes to help with supporting local people in training and employment and, in my view, couldn’t be any better. I have been able to experience all different types of electrical engineering including computer work. The team is very helpful, and nobody pushes me too hard, just enough to ensure I do as well as I can!”
Aaron Chisholm, aged 18 also shared his thoughts:
Second–year mechanical apprentice, Aaron Chisholm, developed an interest in Tarmac through his father, Barry, who has worked for the company since 1990 – also starting as an apprentice. Aaron gained an insight into the world of cement-making through moving with his father’s job around the world including Australia, England, and Scotland. He began his apprenticeship in July 2019, aged 16. Aaron is aiming for an HNC in Mechanical engineering when he finishes his four-year apprenticeship in 2023.
“I would advise anyone considering a Tarmac apprenticeship to go for it. It is a lot of hard work but it’s very rewarding and the company is great to work for. Through the training I am getting, I am developing technical and personal skills and post-Covid-19 restrictions there will be even more opportunities for me. Having seen my dad work his way up from apprentice, I am optimistic about future opportunities.”
Inspired to take the next step?
The two Scottish cement plant apprenticeship roles will complement a further 10 across England including six at Tarmac’s Tunstead cement plant, two at its Aberthaw cement plant, and a further two at its West Thurrock Wharf. There will also be an additional range of exciting Tarmac apprenticeship opportunities available nationwide, across a wide variety of specialisms in the coming months.
Each apprenticeship will last four years with most recruits starting with a year of vocational training at college, with the potential of an ongoing career after completion.
For more information, please visit Tarmac careers. Search for ‘apprentice’ and set up email alerts to be notified as soon as roles become available.