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Higher apprenticeship

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

The first apprenticeship dedicated to concrete Masonry and Precast products developed in partnership with MPA Masonry and MPA Precast, and delivered by University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products, a leading provider of construction materials courses, with distance learning, class-based teaching and on-site training with an employer.

3-in-1 qualification

University-level diploma from the University of Derby

Level 5 Apprenticeship accredited by the Institute for Apprenticeships

NVQ Level 4 in Safety, Health & Environment (SHE 4) plus the opportunity to progress to BSc in Minerals Management.

Earn as you learn Besides a unique training opportunity and sought-after qualification, participants can work and earn a good salary while studying.
2-year course Year 1 modules common with other industry apprenticeships (safety, operations, products, applications, sustainability, interpersonal skills, etc). Year 2 provides in-depth knowledge and skills in a range of areas of Masonry and Precast concrete. Plus an end-point assessment.
Central location Location in Derby enables easy access to class-based elements of the course (typically 4 weekends per year) while participants work at one of the many precast concrete companies across the country.
Entry qualifications Candidates will have good A levels or their equivalent in relevant disciplines (science, technology, engineering are desirable but not essential). Up to 30 places are available to the right candidates.


To enrol for 2023 – contact your employer’s Training & Development Manager for further details.

For further questions, please read the Higher Apprenticeship FAQs