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Mineral Products Technician

Mineral Products Technician

Standard reference: ST0605

Duration: 36 Months

Standard Version: v1

Introduction

This occupation is found in the hazardous Mineral Products Industry which includes quarrying and deep mining. The Mineral Products Industry is a vital enabling sector of the UK economy and is the largest element of the construction supply chain, providing the raw materials to support major infrastructure and building projects. The broad purpose of the occupation is to ensure that sufficient materials and products are available to meet customer requirements whilst ensuring all health, safety, environmental and quality requirements/legislation are complied with.

Occupational role

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the safe operation of the site and maximising productivity. Mineral Product Technicians are employed across several mineral extractive industries. These industries include quarrying, concrete production, cement manufacture, cementitious products, asphalt production, asphalt laying and clay manufacture. They require a detailed technical understanding of the part of the mineral extractive industry in which they work.

These key specialist areas are aligned to the titles of the apprenticeship options as follows:

• Mineral Extraction
• Concrete (Readymix and Precast/Prestressed)
• Cement and cementitious products
• Asphalt & Pavements
• Clays (Heavy and White)

Funding

Maximum £16,000

Level 5

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

Content

The apprenticeship includes the skills, technical knowledge, and behaviours required to undertake the work of a Mineral Products Technician.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Professional discussion (supported by portfolio of evidence)

Conducted on a 1:1 basis between the apprentice and the assessor. The assessor will ask a minimum of 10 questions that focus on prior learning activity, informed by their review of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence. Duration 60 minutes.

Project comprising of technical health and safety report, presentation with questioning

Component 1 - Technical health and safety report: Based on a health and safety related project agreed at gateway. The project has a maximum word limit of 3,000 (+/-10%) and must have a real business application and meet the requirements of the end point assessment.

 

Component 2 - Presentation with questioning: Apprentices will prepare and deliver a presentation based on component 1, the technical health and safety report. The presentation will take place on a one-to-one basis with an assessor and last for a minimum of 45 minutes (typically 20 minutes for the presentation aspect) and must ensure that the apprentice demonstrates and uses "communications technology" as part of the presentation. The assessor will ask a minimum of 8 questions at the end of the presentation.

Readiness for assessment

The employer will endorse progression to the end point when satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  1. achieved minimum level 2 English and mathematics
  2. achieved MPQC Level 4 Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management in Mineral Products Operations
  3. submitted a Portfolio of Evidence (to support the Professional Discussion)
  4. submitted a Project title, scope and outline agreed with their employer

Grading

This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Professional Recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

 

  • The Institute of Quarrying for Associate Member
  • The Institute of Asphalt Technology for Associate Member
  • The Institute of Concrete Technology for Associate Member
  • The Concrete Society for Associate Member
  • The International Clay Technology Association for Associate Member
  • The Institute of mining, metals and minerals. (Iom3). for Associate Member

Why choose QFI

QFI is listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations to assess this apprenticeship Standard. We have access to specialist, occupationally competent independent assessors. We will work with you to ensure that the end-point assessment runs as smoothly as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org