At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer.  

Our Higher Apprenticeship Programmes  offer the perfect blend of personal and professional development, with opportunities for an Operations Management Apprentice to join our team at our site in Silvertown, East London. Our site is based close to London ExCel, and London City Airport, and has great access to public transport links, with West Silvertown DLR only a short distance away. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to start out a career in operational management and learn the ropes from the ground up! 

Here at Tarmac, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds. 

A typical day as a Higher Apprentice in Operations will be very varied but typically you could be involved in: 

  • Working in our Concrete, Aggregate, Asphalt or Building Products manufacturing sites (dependent on where the role is based). To help you establish where you want to specialise it is likely you’ll be given exposure to different products through rotations or secondments during your apprenticeship.  

  • You’ll have the opportunity to visit different sites within our region or BU to develop your business knowledge and share any best practices you observe. We’ll value you as a fresh pair of eyes to support the site teams in improving production efficiency, we want you build the confidence to challenge, think about new ways of working and help our teams improve the effectiveness of their sites 

  • You’ll support Site Managers, Maintenance Managers and Operations Managers in the running of their teams and functions.  

  • At Tarmac, safety is our no.1 priority, you work safely and you go home safely at the end of the day. You’ll play an important role in driving a positive culture, challenging us when something doesn’t feel right, or where there are opportunities to improve our safety performance 

  • You will be provided with support to be able to take on the responsibility of the basic maintenance and inspections on site, learn to operate mobile plant, undertake site-based duties (including production process and keeping the site clean and maintained) 

Life on site will involve working both inside and outside.  It won’t always be glamorous and sometimes you might find yourself in a dusty or confined environment.  However, your safety and health is our number one priority and full protective clothing and equipment is provided.  Your colleagues are there to help and look out for each other, and safety is everyone’s responsibility. 

Whilst you’re learning on the job, you’ll attend our Core Skills Development Programme designed to expand your business knowledge, strengthen core skills and offer networking opportunities with other graduates, higher apprentices and key stakeholders across the Tarmac business in order to successfully transition into your destination role​. 


  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) A-C or numbered equivalent (9-4) including English and Maths, & Level 3 qualification, including A levels, NVQ, BTEC, or Level 3 apprenticeship. 


  • Willingness to learn and develop​. 

  • Resilience​. 

  • A desire to get stuck in and have variety of a hands on role with time working in the office too. 

  • Enthusiastic about starting a career in the building materials industry!​ 

  • Passionate about working safely​. 

  • A team player. 

ESSENTIAL – you must hold a full UK manual car driving licence with no more than 6 points as you will have access to a company vehicle for this role in visiting other sites 

What you get from us: 

  • Alongside this programme, we will support your academic progression through the opportunity to complete the Derby University Foundation Degree course, giving you a good grounding to start an exciting career in our industry and earn while you learn! Further details of the qualification can be found here: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/mineral-products-technician-v1-0 

  • Your line manager and mentor will give you help and guidance throughout your graduate programme 

  • The Tarmac Early Careers Community, who you will collaborate and spend time with throughout your experience 

  • Health and Safety Team, always on hand to make sure we are working safely, although safety is everyone’s responsibility! 

  • Human Resources​, here to support the development of your career with Tarmac 


Salary: Competitive
Location: London, London, England
Job Reference: tarmac/TP/112/3960

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