Highways maintenance skilled operative apprenticeship

Work on rural and urban roads to repair damaged surfaces

Highways maintenance skilled operatives work on rural and urban roads (not including motorways) to repair damaged surfaces, using hand and power tools and pedestrian plant machinery. During the highways maintenance skilled operative apprenticeship, you’ll work as part of a team carrying out the repairs and individually, when preparing the area for repair. You’ll learn to interpret and work to drawings and specifications when carrying out repairs to the highway. This work, using hand or power tools, could include repairs to potholes, replacement and reinstatement of pavements and kerbs, installing street ironworks and laying new surfaces, to ensure roads and pathways are suitable for driving of vehicles or pedestrians to walk safely on. You’ll also use equipment to locate buried water, gas or sewer lines, and once identified, excavate by hand around the line to stop any damage and disruption to services. You’ll prepare, set up and work within temporary traffic management on rural and urban roads.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements for the highways maintenance skilled operative apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience, particularly where practical skills are demonstrated

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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