Apprenticeships with EMR (Metal Recycling)

EMR is a global leader in metal recycling and the company offers a range of Apprenticeships across the UK.

As a privately-owned company, EMR can trace its heritage back to the 1940s, with its core business the recycling of scrap metal from a range of sources such as End-of-Life vehicles/consumer products, industry, construction and demolition. This results in sales of recycled commodities of around 10 million tonnes a year. EMR has extensive ferrous and non-ferrous operations worldwide and produce over 100 grades of high quality recycled materials which are taken to market by a substantial road, rail and shipping network.

EMR has an annual turnover of more than £3 billion, with more than 4,000 employees at over 150 international locations. In the UK, EMR employs more than 2,000 people at 70 locations stretching from as far south as Plymouth to as far north as Dundee.

Driving Goods Vehicles
Completing this scheme will give apprentices wide and varied knowledge and training relating to driving including health and safety, customer care, driver hours, digital tachographs, vehicle checks and defect reporting, safe loading and route planning. At the end of the programme, apprentices will have gained their Category C1, C or C+E licence and be ready to progress to a professional Driver role within EMR.

Apprentices will attend college one day per week, with the remaining four days in the EMR IT Department where they will spend time working with our IT helpdesk team, learning how to handle technical queries, providing software and hardware support and assisting on new projects. The helpdesk provides an essential function for the company and offers support to all elements of the business.

The management development training programme gives Apprentices exposure to a number of different elements of the huge EMR business, including customer service, commercial skills, weighbridge activities, general yard duties, specialist processes such as vehicle and fridge recycling and material sorting and ‘grading’ etc. The importance of Health, Safety and Environmental management in the metal recycling industry will also feature heavily throughout the scheme.

Plant Maintenance
Completing this scheme will give apprentices the skills required to maintain a wide variety of heavy plant and equipment, both in workshops and operational depots across the UK. You will specifically gain experience of working with engines, hydraulics, auto electrics, power generation, vehicle systems and mobile plant systems, welding and fabrication, pneumatics and diagnostics.

Shipping Administration
Learn all about different vessel sizes and dimensions and the shipping routes that these vessels take to export bulk loads of scrap metal. You will be involved in planning various shipping routes to create a voyage estimate report, interpreting weather routing information, communicating with UK Ports. You will prepare export documents and keep accurate records to ensure financial payments are correct and paid in a timely manner

Roles Available with EMR (Metal Recycling)

EMR (Metal Recycling) offers Apprenticeships in various roles across the business, including:

  • Driving Goods Vehicles (1 year)
  • IT (2 years)
  • Operations (3 years)
  • Plant Maintenance (3 years)
  • Shipping Administration (12-18 months)


Education Requirements for EMR (Metal Recycling)

To qualify for an Apprenticeship with EMR (Metal Recycling), candidates should be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, depending on the specific role:

  • Driving Goods Vehicles: Applicants must hold a full, clean driving licence (car). All training will be provided during the apprenticeship scheme, with candidates simply needing a good standard of education.
  • IT: 4 GCSEs (A to C grade) in German, English, Maths and ICT.
  • Operations: 4 GCSEs, 2 of which must be English and Maths A – C grade, with 2 additional subjects at Grade D or above. Candidates for this Apprenticeship must be aged at least 18 years or older.
  • Plant Maintenance: 2 GCSE grades D or above in English Language and Maths.
  • Shipping Administration: 3 GCSEs at grade D or above, one of which must be Maths.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at EMR (Metal Recycling)?

Please refer to the EMR (Metal Recycling) website for details of application dates for specific roles currently available.


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