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Hills recruits the quarry industry’s first MPO apprentice

Hills Quarry Products has recruited the UK quarry industry’s first mobile and static plant operator (MPO) apprentice.

The number of young people joining the quarrying industry has significantly declined over the years with statistics showing that only 17 percent of the quarry workforce is aged between 18-34 (source MPQC –

As a result Hills actively targeted school leavers and existing college students to showcase the career opportunities available within the industry. Candidates then spent a day at a working quarry to see the type of work they would be expected to undertake and the conditions in which they would be working.

Aidan, who is based at Hills’ Shorncote Quarry near Cirencester, began the MPO apprenticeship in September and is due to complete his studies in December 2018 with Level 2 Diplomas in both Plant and Processing Operations.

If you know anyone interested in pursuing an apprenticeship get them to contact the Hills Group by telephone on: 01793 781196 or email:

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