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Apprenticeship Success

4th March 2019

Mentor’s first apprentice Aidan Jeffreys, from Hills Quarry Products has successfully completed the first Level 2 Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator apprenticeship in the UK.

Aidan’s apprenticeship programme began in September 2017 and was developed and delivered by Mentor to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship standard with the help of MPQC’s standard setting organisation, MP Futures, who delivered the End-Point Assessment for this programme.

Aidan Said: “I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship. At first it was a little daunting but once I learnt the processes, the aggregate products and how to use the equipment, the training became easier. Everyone has been helpful, patient and friendly throughout my apprenticeship and support from my colleagues on site helped me to progress quickly and complete the apprenticeship in only 15 months. I am also very pleased to be the first person in the UK to complete this qualification.”

During his apprenticeship Aidan spent most of his working week undertaking practical and theoretical work-based learning units and a variety of training courses include that of learning how to operate mobile and static plant equipment, health, safety and environment best practice and achieving a Level 2 Diploma in Plant Operations.

The main aim of our programme is to provide apprentices with high quality training, skills, knowledge and understanding of the industry to equip them with the essential foundations to develop a career within the mineral processing and associated industries.

Our very own Tracy Colton, Head of Apprenticeships said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Adian and the team at Shorncote Quarry who have been enthusiastic and supportive from the beginning. Aidan’s knowledge, confidence and capability have developed throughout his time on programme and I am sure Aidan will continue to learn and can look forward to a fantastic career within the industry.”

Aidan is now a fully qualified Mobile Plant Operative and has gained a full-time position at Hills Shorncote Quarry.

To hear more about apprenticeships with Mentor or if you would like to enroll onto our apprenticeship programme in September, please contact us on 01246 263443 or

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