Highways Maintenance Operative Construction Apprentice


Buckingham, MK18 4FG

Closes in 9 days (Thursday 1 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 5 June 2024


To start your career as part of a successful company, tarmacking is sometimes thought of as a lesser career path, they couldn’t be more wrong! We can offer you a well paid and rewarding role with ample opportunities of career progression.

Annual wage
£13,312 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Highways maintenance skilled operative (level 2)
Monday to Friday between 6.00am and 5.00pm. Opportunity for weekend work is available

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Thursday 22 August


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Highways Maintenance Operative Level 2 Standard
  • Mentors in the workplace
  • Block release held at Telford College
  • Assigned Telford College assessor

Where you’ll work

Leyland Close



MK18 4FG


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Highways maintenance skilled operative (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Apply appropriate health, safety and environment procedures when working on the road
  • Plan and undertake work practice productively when carrying out repairs to potholes, pavements and kerbs, and laying new surfaces on rural and urban roads
  • Read, interpret and work to drawings, specifications and highways information Highways information will include details on the use of safety barriers, cones, traffic flow and safety zones to work within, whilst employed on the highway
  • Use underground cable locators to identify buried water, gas, sewer lines or other utility services, and once identified excavate by hand around the line to stop any damage and disruption to services
  • Apply safe working practise for moving, storing, lifting and handling of resources
  • Excavation and reinstatement of the highway by carrying out maintenance and repairs, including removal of material within the road or road side using hand or power tools and reinstatement of the area using concrete, screeds, sub-base, aggregates or bituminous materials
  • Install Street Ironworks (drain access covers and frames and gully gates situated on the road) to given work instructions
  • Prepare and operate powered tools or pedestrian plant, machinery or equipment for use on roads. This will include machinery for generator™s, pumps, pedestrian operated plant (e.g. pushed roller), mixers, compressors and self“powered tools (pneumatic drill)
  • Prepare, set up and work within temporary traffic management (using cones and barriers to section off elements of the road from vehicles and pedestrians) on urban and rural roads, whilst excavating and re-instating the highway
  • Work with other sub-contractors on larger schemes (e.g. traffic management)
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 2 / E)
    • Maths (grade 2 / E)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Team working
    • Good attitude
    • Reliability
    • Commitment

    Other requirements

    MacDonald Surfacing works nationally, the successful candidates will be expected to make their own way to the depot they are assigned to, the onward journeys to site will be in one of our own vehicles with the rest of the team they are assigned to. There would also be times where you stay away from home in hotel accommodation on certain jobs.

    About this company

    For over 20 years, Redditch based MacDonald Surfacing have been a top of the range tarmac contractor across Birmingham, Redditch & the West Midlands. We now operate nationwide and have a number of depots. We often undertake commercial, industrial and domestic tarmac surfacing projects and are looking to develop the next generation of skilled and knowledgable highways maintenance operatives.

    https://www.crmacdonald.co.uk/ (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship we will fund additional training, such as: plant operator, to include, rollers, dumper trucks, excavators, traffic management, street works, SSSTS.  We also own our own planers & pavers. There may also be opportunities to gain qualifications in operating the larger plant that we own.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Chris Field


    01952 642452

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000255615.

    Apply now

    Closes in 9 days (Thursday 1 August at 11:59pm)

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