Highways Maintenance Operative Apprentice South Gloucestershire Council

We are looking for 5 apprentices to join our team, contributing to the delivery of front-line highways work. You will make a difference by supporting the Street Care Design & Operations team who play a key role in the delivery of front-line highway maintenance, civil engineering & structural engineering schemes throughout South Gloucestershire.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 04 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £10,707.84 - £21,131.76. This dependant on age and experience.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 07:45 - 16:30 Friday, 07:45 - 15:30

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Groundworkers are the first trade onto a construction and civil engineering site. They work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site ready for the structural building works to take place.

Duties will include:

  • Working alongside experienced staff, you will support and contribute towards the physical construction of a wide variety of features including site clearance, fencing, drainage, earthworks, traffic signs, road markings and retaining walls
  • You will learn and assist in highways maintenance, civil engineering and structural engineering works
  • In addition, you’ll be taught how to undertake general manual labouring work, assisting in excavations, reinstatements and specialist practices such as asphalt mixes, landscaping, structures and temporary traffic management
  • The basic principles of internal/external drainage and ducting systems
  • Measuring, marking, cutting and installing geo membranes to stabilise soil
  • Gauging, mixing, placing, compacting and finishing mortars and concrete by hand and by mixer
  • Why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking groundworks (e.g. personal protective equipment)

The training you will be getting

Groundworker Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Apprentices will attend college on block release
  • Theory lessons will be reinforced in the workplace and practical skills will be practiced and enhanced in college and the workplace
  • This can be supported by some remote delivery if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential position upon successful completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9 - 3 / A* - D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9 - 3 / A* - D) Essential

Things to consider

Holiday: We offer generous annual leave. You start with 25 days leave per year (pro-rata for reduced hours). After 5 years working for us this will increase to 30 days . Plus public and bank holidays (and an extra paid day at Christmas). There is also the option to purchase 3 -10 additional days leave per year.  Employee wellbeing : You will have access to mental health and wellbeing support, along with a wide range of social and fitness groups, an independent counselling service and workplace mental health champions. Read more on our social and wellbeing page. Staff discounts : Our staff enjoy access to a range of discounts, including eye tests, travel, shopping and leisure activities.

About the employer

The StreetCare Design and Operations Team has an exciting forward programme of future highway schemes. We have a £125m package of schemes to deliver as part of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement. This involves delivering the reopening of Charfield Railway Station and two active multimodal travel corridors along the A432 and A38 corridors.


South Gloucestershire Council


Broad Lane Depot

Engine Common Lane


BS37 7PN

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


GC Employer Training & Apprenticeships


0345 155 2020

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Dec 2023