Learners enrolling onto the Level 2 Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative 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
This qualification 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 for their 20% off the job,
which will be specific to each apprentice on programme.
There are no formal entry requirements to enrol onto this apprenticeship programme. It is beneficial if
leaners 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
Apprentices will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours on the following during their programme:
· 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, 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 repair 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, machinery for
generator’s, pumps, pedestrian operated plant or machines.
· Know how to carry out clearance and maintenance of rural and urban roads to current
· Know how to prepare and set up Temporary Traffic control using traffic lights, bollards and
This is a work-based learning qualification, learners will be employed in a suitable work place 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 apprenticeship. From observation,
professional discussions, written work and witness testimonies to gather evidence for the End Point
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 learners 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 ono site management/supervisor after relevant experience.
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