Apprentice Operative - Highways Maintenance tarmac/TP/111/5156 TARMAC TRADING LIMITED

Are you a school or college leaver, or potentially looking for a change of career? Come and join us as an Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance at Tarmac, based from our Walsall Site in the West Midlands, you'll get hands on experience in various tasks that will help develop your skills, qualify and allow you to progress!

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

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Closing date: 29 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary included above is for the 1st 12 months whilst on programme. After month 12, this salary increases. If you are aged 21 or over on your first anniversary, your salary will increase in line with national minimum wage.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties may include: ​

  • Working as part of a highways maintenance team you will gain an understanding of road surfacing and construction materials ​
  • Developing skills on mobile plant equipment ​
  • Attend, participate and understand the content of the daily briefing and any site specific inductions  ​
  • Fully understand site risk assessments prior to starting work on every occasion and make suggestions to the Team Leader to reduce or remove any identified risks
  • Display a pro-active attitude to health and safety and report any near hits to the Team Leader, stopping any witnessed unsafe behaviour
  • Liaise with customers & general public to ensure the highest level of safety is maintained Contribute to keeping the working environment safe, ensuring our high standards are maintained ​
  • Be a role model in your approach to Health and Safety ​
  • Work collaboratively to build a culture of continuous improvement through teamwork and communication  ​
  • Maintaining a clean and safe working environment and ensuring safety comes before anything else
  • Taking pride in all work completed and being determined to succeed

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will gain a level 2 (GCSE equivalent) qualification as a Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative
  • Training will be block release
  • Apprentice must 21, hold a valid drivers license and be able to travel to Sandwell College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Following successful completion of the apprentieship, successful candidates will move into permanent Highways Maintenance 'Operative' positions 
  • Operatives work as part of an Asphalt machine lay gang, working on a variety of schemes, standard Local Authority streetworks as well as private, industrial and commercial works

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Logical, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Working outside, during all seasons of the calendar. Physical role involving travel. Age: 21. Drivers license: Essential. Role is easily commutable from Walsall, Willenhall, Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Bromsgrove, Tamworth, Kidderminster, Telford, Bridgnorth, Cannock, Lichfield, Stafford, Rugeley and West Bromwich.

About the employer

With 150 years of experience and heritage to our name, we’re a national network of local businesses, combining the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industry’s most iconic brands: Tarmac, pioneers and inventors of the modern road, and Blue Circle, the company that patented Portland Cement. We employ around 7,000 people across a network of more than 400 sites across the UK. Tarmac is part of CRH, the world's leading building materials business.




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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

Apprenticeship standard

Highways maintenance skilled operative

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: 29 Feb 2024