About the role

This is a unique opportunity to develop a career within the construction sector, offering you the chance to develop skills and specialisms that are highly sought after alongside the opportunity to work with Balfour Beatty VINCI, the largest joint venture delivering HS2 in the West Midlands. You will join a great team of materials testing staff and other apprentices where you will be able to develop your skills as a laboratory technician through this popular Level 3 apprenticeship route.

Role Purpose:

As a member of our site laboratory team you will test the behaviour of bulk construction materials. The results of these tests will be used to improve the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use, and to help with the development of new technologies. You will be supporting the management and delivery of our materials engineering service across the HS2 project.

Please note:

This apprenticeship will be recruited in partnership with our training provider, Youthforce. Applications for this role will be shared with Youthforce as part of the selection and recruitment process. By applying for the role you are consenting to us sharing your data with them.

This role is a level 3 apprenticeship. Those with a higher level of prior attainment (e.g. a bachelor™s degree) in a scientific field may not be eligible for this apprenticeship.

What you'll be doing

Working alongside other team members, testing the behaviour of bulk construction materials including concrete, aggregates and bituminous materials.

Improving the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use, and to help with the development of new technologies.

Developing an understanding, knowledge and practical methods used to examine materials, including non-destructive testing (NDT).

Through training and development provided you will work towards excellence in the following areas:

  • Undertake 2-year apprenticeship to Level 3.
  • Ensure all work is undertaken safely in accordance with required processes
  • Undertake testing of materials including aggregates, concrete and asphalt in accordance with required standards, in the laboratory and on construction sites.
  • Comply with the high standards of work required by the Quality Management Systems to required deadlines
  • Maintain equipment to required standards as required by the Laboratory Manager
  • Proactively communicate with senior staff to ensure effective communication
  • Attend training courses and assessments as required by the apprenticeship standard and Balfour Beatty / Taylor Woodrow and maintain training records.

Who we're looking for

Personal qualities

  • An interest in construction, science and laboratory testing
  • Proactive in identifying problems and defects
  • Flexibility to work out of hours including night shifts and weekend working as required
  • Willing to travel to various locations across the UK
  • Committed to self-development
  • Accurate and meticulous person
  • Creative and innovative
  • A strong team player

Essential qualifications

  • 3 GCSE's at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English
  • Full UK driving license

Why work for us

Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) is responsible for designing and building part of the most exciting and challenging infrastructure project in Europe: HS2.

We are building the West Midlands section of HS2™s Phase One route, spanning approximately 90km from Long Itchington in Warwickshire to the centre of Birmingham and on to Handsacre in Staffordshire. We will be employing thousands of people from the region to design and build the civil infrastructure for HS2 and we are looking for a wide range of skills to join the team and support this unique and ground breaking project.

Diversity and Inclusion: We aim to be a leader in equality, diversity and inclusion by creating a safe inclusive working environment for all - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership. We are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging all staff to engage in a diverse range of year round learning opportunities and provide personal development opportunities. Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture.

Flexible working: Flexible or agile working is encouraged at BBV and we recognise the value and diversity of candidates which this can bring to our business operations. Not every role can provide a variety of working patterns to suit people's personal needs however we are happy to discuss agile working opportunities at BBV with you.

Disability confident: We care about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. BBV is Disability Confident committed and we welcome applications from candidates with a disability.

About us

Balfour Beatty VINCI is a long-established joint venture between two global leaders in the delivery of critical infrastructure. Working together for over 30 years, we have been successful in delivering several significant infrastructures; creating unrivalled expertise and capability across rail, highways and aviation sectors in the UK and beyond.

In 2008, we announced our formal alliance with the aim of delivering modern and innovative solutions to the UK's infrastructure needs. Since then, our collaboration has gone from strength to strength. We've successfully bid and delivered many key projects for Crossrail and Highways England Smart Motorways Programme. Balfour Beatty VINCI is a powerhouse for critical infrastructure.

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