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Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship


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Course summary

Learners enrolling on the Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship will work on rural and urban roads (not including motorways) to repair damaged surfaces using hand and power tools and pedestrian plant machinery. They work as part of a team carrying out the repairs and individually when preparing the area for repair. Skilled Operatives must also be able to interpret and work to drawings and specifications when carrying out repairs to the highway. This work, using hand or power tools, could include repairs to potholes, replacement and reinstatement of pavements and kerbs, installing street ironworks and laying new surfaces to ensure roads and pathways are suitable for driving of vehicles or pedestrians to walk safely on. They also use equipment to locate buried water, gas or sewer lines, and once identified excavate by hand around the line to stop any damage and disruption to services. The skilled operative will prepare, set up and work within Temporary Traffic Management on rural and urban roads, which allows for the movement and flow of traffic and pedestrian restrictions.

Course requirements

This Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship is delivered via block release at Sandwell College over 12 months, with three months for End Point Assessment. Learners are expected to meet the minimum requirement of 20% off the job, which will be specific to each apprentice on the programme.

There are no formal entry requirements to enrol on this apprenticeship programme. It is beneficial if learners have the following qualifications:

  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Manual handling
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Cable avoidance

For learners who require these qualifications, a SWAP/pre-apprenticeship is available.

During the Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship programme, you will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours on the following:

  • The principles of health, safety and welfare and how they must be applied in relation to their own work and others.
  • Understand the structure of the highway, civil engineering methods, and construction technology and have knowledge of different road categories and types.
  • Identify, locate and excavate around underground services such as gas and power cables to avoid strikes and loss of service.
  • Carry out reactive and planned repairs to damaged surfaces, including repairs to potholes, replacement and reinstatement of pavements and kerbs and laying new surfaces.
  • Prepare and operate portable power and hand tools, pedestrian plant, and machinery for generators, pumps, pedestrian operated plant or machines.
  • Know how to carry out clearance and maintenance of rural and urban roads to current legislation.
  • Know how to prepare and set up temporary traffic control using traffic lights, bollards and barriers.

This is a work-based learning qualification, and learners will be employed in a suitable workplace where they are able to demonstrate the skills and competencies required of the apprenticeship standard.

This qualification will be delivered via block release from Sandwell College, with practical skills developed in a simulated environment at Phoenix Street.

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship, including observation, professional discussions, written work and witness testimonies in order to gather evidence for the End Point Assessment.

The EPA will be carried out by an external organisation once the apprentice has successfully reached Gateway. This will be a minimum of 12 months. Learners are required to complete Level 1 functional skills (if required) and sit the exams for the Level 2 functional skills exams in maths and English.

The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Practical Skills Assessment

The Knowledge Test will be graded as fail, pass or distinction. The Practical Skills Assessment will be graded as fail or pass. The individual grades will be combined to determine the overall grade of fail, pass or


On completion of the Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship, you will be qualified to work as a Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative, potentially earning a salary of over £30,000 depending on your employer.

Learners can also progress to the following site management/supervisor courses:

  • Construction Contracting Operations Technicians Level 3
  • Construction Site Supervisors Higher App Level 4 (HNC)
  • Construction Site Engineering Technician Level 4

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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