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MP Futures introduces new Sampling and Testing Operator apprenticeship in England

MP Futures, the Standard Setting Organisation of the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC), have announced the launch of the new mineral and construction product Sampling and Testing Operator apprenticeship in England – a versatile apprenticeship for sampling and testing the range of high-quality products produced in the mineral products sector.

Driven by the need highlighted by employers, MP Futures have acted as a business partner to the sector to develop this new apprenticeship standard in England. Following the success of the Mobile and Static Plant and Weighbridge Operator apprenticeships, MP Futures say they are delighted that a third apprenticeship is now available to employers.


A valued traditional entry route to the sector, sampling and testing operators gain valuable knowledge of the products, production process and end use of products during the apprenticeship, and play a key role in maintaining high quality and consistency of the products.

‘This apprenticeship is close to my heart as it’s the role that got me hooked into the industry,’ said Anthony Elgey, general manager of MP Futures. ‘Many people in the industry who have enjoyed rewarding careers have fond memories of starting in this role and I’m proud of the work that employers and MP Futures have put in to make this a great apprenticeship.’

The new, flexible apprenticeship will equip the apprentice with the skills and knowledge an employer needs, whether sampling products on major infrastructure projects or at small satellite production operations.

Moreover, the Sampling and Testing Operator apprenticeship delivers a vocational qualification as part of the apprenticeship, assuring employers that the apprentice can demonstrate competence and has achieved the high standard set by sector employers.

‘The approval of this apprenticeship means the mineral extractives sector now has three high-quality apprenticeships created for the industry by the industry,’ said Peter Kay, trailblazer chairman and learning and development manager at Tarmac.

‘With the development of the Mineral Extractives Higher Apprenticeship Standard progressing well, this will give us great opportunities to attract and develop talent, whilst accessing the apprenticeship levy and funding. I would encourage all employers to utilize these new apprenticeships for their businesses.’

The new apprenticeship attracts £9,000 worth of funding and non-levy employers may only need to pay 10% of the agreed training costs. Employers who wish to learn more about the Sampling and Testing Operator apprenticeship should contact MPQC at:; or visit:

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