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Materials Technician Apprentice (Level 3)

Tiro Training Ltd
Leicester, Leicestershire
Minimum of £18,000 per annum (to be confirmed)
Closing date
22 Oct 2023

Job Details

Working for a major brick manufacturer - Register your interest today!

Key Responsibilities

To carry out routine testing of final products and raw materials in accordance with appropriate European Standards or documented in-house test methods.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Preparation/grinding of raw materials (clay, fuel & sand etc.
  • Sample making
  • Physical testing of fired products including compressive strength, water absorption, durability testing etc.         
  • Instrumental Chemical analysis testing
  • Plus other general laboratory work as determined by the management team.
  • The job will entail data input into a computerised management system and some lifting & carrying.

What could the future look like?

There’s no limit to what you can achieve if you work for this major brick manufacturer and there are opportunities for progression for the successful applicant at the end of the apprenticeship. 


As an employer, they are committed to developing young people through their business so you can expect training and personal development opportunities to help you progress into other areas of the business throughout your career. 


Our goal is to train you in many aspects of material testing and quality control. Hard work and determination will be recognised!

Think you can make a difference? WE ARE your future.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise


It’s about enthusiasm, not school results. In our experience the most successful apprentices are those who are driven to find out more about the sector, can be up front about what they do and don’t already know, are considerate, self-reflective, and impatient to learn the job role!  



Whilst previous experience is great, we at Tiro are always open to wildcards. We’re not just interested in experience and qualifications; we’re looking for someone with the right attitude and aptitude to fit right in.

About you 

We are looking for someone with:

  • A logical/methodical approach to work
  • The ability to work unsupervised
  • A good understanding and familiarity with the use of computerised systems
  • A keen awareness of Health & Safety in the workplace

To succeed in this apprenticeship, you’ll need bags of enthusiasm, be a fantastic collaborator and be hungry to learn!

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion:

Excited about the role, but your past experience or qualifications don’t perfectly match everything in the job description?

We would encourage you to still apply. Studies have shown that some people, particularly from minority groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. 

We are dedicated to building belonging, empowering our colleagues to be their true self by offering a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. You may just be the right candidate for this role, or other future roles.

We are committed and passionate about building a diverse environment. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. You will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, disability or age.


The Package

At Tiro, we make great things happen for people. And that starts with you. In this role you’ll receive:

  • Starting salary of a minimum of £18,000 per annum, with yearly pay increases.
  • Workings hours are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday (8:00AM– 4:00PM).
  • 10% matched pension, administered by Legal and General
  • 3x Life Insurance Policy
  • Share Save scheme eligibility
  • Full access to Employee Assistance programme for self and family members
  • Access to high street retail discounts platform – with access to discounts at Tesco, Asda, etc…

So how does the apprenticeship work?

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

Over 21 months, you’ll devote a minimum of 6 hours of your working week on ‘off the job’ training. This can include theory training (for example, virtual lessons & online learning), alongside practical training (for example shadowing, mentoring, & time spent writing assignments. Together this will count towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor, who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

The best part? You’ll be earning a salary while you gain your qualifications, meaning no huge student loans to pay back at the end of the programme!

Want to know more. Check out the apprenticeship standards here.


About Tiro

We're Tiro (pronounced ‘Tea-ro’ as in white, two sugars).
In Latin, it means novice, recruit, apprentice, beginner and soldier. The perfect name for a company that’s been helping fearless apprentices to join ambitious businesses since 2005.

We believe that great apprenticeships help everyone. There are remarkable apprentices out there just waiting to be found, and fantastic employment opportunities waiting to be filled.

Our work will never be just about getting bums on seats and pocketing our commission. In our own small way, we’re helping to change the world – finding people that are working on COVID vaccines, finding new ways for technology to help humanity and helping to tackle the big issues of the day, like climate change. As well as helping people – young and old – to find their way.


Tiro is a leading training provider for science and technology apprenticeships.

We’ve been helping hungry apprentices to join ambitious businesses since 2005.

At Tiro, we really believe that great apprenticeships help everyone. An apprentice can re-energise their employer’s business by injecting new blood. That’s why we only work with the very best candidates.

We’re picky about the employers we’ll work with too. They have to be prepared to nurture every apprentice. That way, everyone benefits.


How does it work?

As an apprentice, you’ll work for an employer while pursuing a nationally recognised learning programme.

You’ll spend most of your working time learning the ropes in a hands-on role, with the help of colleagues and mentors. You’ll also spend a fifth of your time focused on the formal learning elements.

By the end of the programme, you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you’ll need in your chosen field.

Who will support me?

Your expert Tiro tutor will lead you through the learning programme, which combines academic, practical, and technical training. This integrated learning allows you to put theory into practice, both on and off the job.

You’ll have a combination of live online training, progress reviews every ten weeks, and additional regular catch-ups. Face-to-face meetings are usually held at your workplace, with video calls in between.

Your ‘on the job’ training will be overseen by a mentor, who will make sure you are supported and developed at work.

How long will I be an apprentice?

Your apprenticeship will last between one and four years, depending on the programme.

As with most jobs, this will be subject to a probationary period where you’ll need to meet certain standards of performance, professionalism, and punctuality.

Some apprentices go on to a higher-level apprenticeship programme once they’ve qualified, so you could potentially be an apprentice for several years.

Interested in finding out more? Head over to our career page

Take your next step today!


Company info
01273 776779
Suite 14D
Faraday Wharf
Holt Street

B7 4BB
United Kingdom

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