Highways Maintenance Operative Apprentice


Somerset, BS39 5TD

Closes on Friday 30 August

Posted on 9 July 2024


We have a great opportunity for a Highways Maintenance Operative to work at our Clutton Depot. You’ll be joining a team committed to ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of the residents road infrastructure, whilst also studying towards your qualifications. This apprenticeship will start in September 2024.

Annual wage
£21,060 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 - Friday, 7.00am-5.00pm. This is a 45 hour week unless you are under 18 in which case we will work within the requirements of the working time directive.

45 hours a week

Possible start date

Wednesday 4 September


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

  • You will achieve the apprenticeship standard level 2 qualification: Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative
  • You may study Functional Skills in English and/or maths depending on your exam grades
  • You will also build a portfolio of evidence during your apprenticeship which covers a range of criteria required for your apprenticeship

You will study with Greenlight Training on a block release basis, 3 days per month.  Accomodation and travel expenses are covered by VolkerHighways. Your training takes place in Bristol on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so you may need to travel up on Sunday evening. We help you arrange the travel and hotel and you'll be attending with other apprentices from VolkerHighways.

Where you’ll work

Clutton Depot

Upper Bristol Road



BS39 5TD


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.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 3)
    • Maths (grade 3)

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


    • Communication skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    This apprenticeship will involve: * Outdoor work and/or manual labour in all weathers

    About this company

    VolkerHighways is a market leader in the delivery of highways and street lighting term maintenance contracts. We have the capability to deliver major surfacing and public realm infrastructure projects. Our specialist in-house traffic management division provides expert advice and support across the industry, whilst assisting with our own, in-house contracts.

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

    Disability Confident

    Disability Confident

    A fair proportion of interviews for this apprenticeship will be offered to applicants with a disability or long-term health condition. This includes non-visible disabilities and conditions.

    You can choose to be considered for an interview under the Disability Confident scheme. You’ll need to meet the essential requirements to be considered for an interview.

    After this apprenticeship

    • VolkerHighways is part of VolkerWessels UK, which offers excellent opportunity for progression across our multi-disciplinary business
    • Further apprenticeships at a higher level could also be considered

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Chris Swann


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000263732.

    Apply now

    Closes on Friday 30 August

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