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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

Bricklaying skills 

The recovery in the construction industry, first led by housing and forecast to follow in commercial and infrastructure sectors, has led to reported skills shortages throughout the industry. Those working in project design or for clients and developers are in demand as are the hands on skills in factories and on site.  Bricklaying is no different, but because it is a trade that is easily understood and ubiquitous it is more likely than other trades or professions to be used as an example for pressure on construction skills.

Bricklaying is a fundamental and widespread skill for the construction industry both new build and RMI, small scale projects and large. Therefore there is a well developed, extensive and  geographically spread network of training providers who can deliver the necessary training and assessment to provide even more qualified brick layers.  In contrast to skill shortages for other trades and professions, the period of training is relatively short and hence the employment market can respond relatively quickly to increased demand.  As with the whole construction industry, short term peaks can be met by skills from European neighbours.