Life as an apprentice: Louis' story

Meet Louis, 20, from Derbyshire, to find out more about life as an apprentice at a company called Aggregate Industries that mines materials to make buildings and roads. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"The minerals industry was completely unknown to me and it's been really exciting learning about it."

  • Minerals are natural substances that can be found in the Earth's crust
  • They play a big role in the construction industry and Louis is responsible for helping companies get the materials they need to build roads and buildings
  • Louis enjoyed school – particularly Science and Geography– and missed learning when he left college, which led him to consider an apprenticeship.

Louis' career path

Louis' career path

What to expect if you want to be a minerals technology apprentice

A similar role to Louis’ is a quarry engineer. Quarry engineers manage the extraction of rocks and minerals at quarries.

  • Quarry engineer pay: £22,000 to £60,000 per year
  • Quarry engineer hours: 40 to 42 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You can become a quarry or mining engineer by completing a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree. You can choose from a subject like Minerals Engineering, Mining Engineering, Geophysics, Geology, Earth Sciences or Civil Engineering. You'll usually need one or two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or higher national diploma or two to three A-levels or equivalent for a degree.
    You may be able to do a higher apprenticeship in Minerals Product Technology. With experience, you could then become a quarry engineer. You'll usually need four or five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A-levels (or equivalent) for a higher or a degree apprenticeship. You can find out more about working in quarrying from Careers in Quarrying, The Institute for Quarrying, and MPQC Mineral Products Qualifications Council.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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