LEAD programme

Designed for enthusiastic school leavers, our Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) higher management apprenticeship programme allows you to learn and develop supervisory skills in a hands-on environment. It offers the best of both worlds – earning while you learn to be a future supervisor or manager.


  • Earn while you learn – we fund all of your studying and pay a competitive salary and benefits package
  • Complete a foundation degree in mineral extractives
  • Progress to an honours degree in mineral extractives management


  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths, Science and English
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Willing and able to relocate at any stage before, during and after the three year programme

The programme

In the first three years you will gain hands-on experience and relevant qualifications in operational aspects of our business while completing a distance learning foundation degree at the University of Derby, which will eventually lead to an honours degree in mineral extractives management. You could become a trainee manager or plant supervisor by year four. You will be allowed time for your studies within your normal working hours but must also study in your own time. Throughout the programme you will be supported by both a manager and mentor.

Reece Phillips.

Reece Phillips joined the LEAD programme in 2014: “I was drawn to the security of the sector: building materials and construction will always be in demand one way or another, so I feel I am in the right place to learn and develop new skills.”
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LEAD apprentice programme applications are closed

Click here to register your interest for the 2018 programme

LEAD apprentice - Emily Burridge

Ben Strickland.

Ben Strickland was one of six apprentices accepted for the first intake of the LEAD programme. He completed the higher management apprenticeship in 2014. "The apprenticeship provided me with good training so I was familiar with a lot of the work I was expected to do when I was appointed assistant manager at Shap Beck.”
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