Construction

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative

The role of the highway’s maintenance skilled operative is to make repairs to both urban and rural roads, being employed by either the private sector (e.g. Utility companies) or the public sector (e.g. local councils).

Working as part of a team, the operative will carry out repairs using and hand power tools, as well as pedestrian plant machinery. They must be able to interpret drawings and specifications. Common repairs include replacement of pavements and kerbs, laying new surfaces, and repairing potholes. Health and safety must be followed at all times, including the correct setup of Temporary Traffic Management to allow for the movement of both traffic and pedestrians.

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This apprenticeship takes an average of 18 months to complete.

Apprentices without Level 1 in English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Upon completion, learners will be awarded their Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Level 2 certificate.


Course Breakdown

If you’d like a more detailed breakdown of the skills and knowledge you’ll gain over the course of the apprenticeship, just use the tabs below.

    • The principles of health, safety and welfare and how they must be applied in relation to their own work and others
    •  The responsibilities under current legislation (including Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment 1998, Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992) and official guidance (risk assessments, method statements) to undertake work
    • How to work in accordance with the National Highway Sector Schemes, Industry Codes of Practice, the New Roads & Street Works Act and other guidance relevant to the occupation
    • Understand the structure of the highway, civil engineering methods, construction technology and have knowledge of different road categories and types, construction materials and working methods
    • How to identify, locate and excavate around underground services such as gas and power cables to avoid strikes and loss of service
    • The principles of health, safety and welfare and how they must be applied in relation to their own work and others
    • The responsibilities under current legislation (including Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment 1998, Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992) and official guidance (risk assessments, method statements) to undertake work
    • How to work in accordance with the National Highway Sector Schemes, Industry Codes of Practice, the New Roads & Street Works Act and other guidance relevant to the occupation
    • Understand the structure of the highway, civil engineering methods, construction technology and have knowledge of different road categories and types, construction materials and working methods
    • How to identify, locate and excavate around underground services such as gas and power cables to avoid strikes and loss of service
    • Effective communicationoral, written, listening, the use of signalling, body language, and presentation
    • Team work: work effectively with others with limited supervision
    • Independent workingtake responsibility for completion of their own work
    • Logical thinkinguse clear and valid reasoning when making decisions to undertake the work instructions
    • Working effectivelyundertake the work in a reliable and productive manner
    • Time managementuse own time effectively to complete the work instructions to schedule
    • Adaptabilitybe able to adjust to changes in work instructions
    • Assertiveness and confidenceable to resist pressures to work following unsafe practices
    • Respectapply equality, diversity and inclusion in dealing with others
    • Commitment to safe working
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