Road surfacing operative apprenticeship

Responsible for the surfacing, resurfacing and improvement of vast stretches of the highway network

A road surfacing operative is responsible for the surfacing, resurfacing and improvement of vast stretches of the highway network, covering all road types, from motorways to residential streets. Operatives work in a wide range of different environments and will spend the majority of time outside. During the road surfacing operative apprenticeship, typical duties will include: the operation of a wide range of specialist plant machinery such as planers, asphalt pavers, emulsified bitumen sprayers and compacting rollers; the removal of existing surfaces using a mechanical breakup process; the visual inspection and preparation of the underlying surface to receive new surfacing material; the resurfacing of the prepared area using a range of road surfacing machinery often covering vast areas; the alignment and then compaction of the new surface; and the visual inspection and testing of the new surface to ensure full compliance with the specified design.


Duration: 15 months

Relevant school subjects: Engineering

Entry requirements for the road surfacing operative apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent or relevant experience

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

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum

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