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Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative

A Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative will work on rural and urban roads (not including motorways) to repair damaged surfaces, using a variety of hand tools, power tools and pedestrian plant machinery.

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative, empentis, level 2, apprenticeship

What are the key responsibilities of a Highways Maintenance Operative?

A Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative will operate power tools and machinery. Excavating holes and trenches, searching for underground services, and reinstating excavation and highway surface.

Operatives will also work outside in all weather conditions. They may be required to work at any time of the day and night at various locations. Working on road maintenance and repair can be dangerous so operatives need a high level of safety awareness, and a responsible approach whilst working with others. Understanding health and safety and environmental control will be essential to ensure safe repair work.

Why become a Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative?

This course is aimed at those who have no experience of highways maintenance. It is also aimed at those who are in this work field and are looking to gain additional learning and experience.

Its purpose is to develop the learner’s occupational competence so they can gain employment or work towards another qualification.

Learners may progress from the Highways Maintenance Operative level 2 to a range of qualifications at Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services.


  • On-The-Job training
  • Off-The-Job training

Learners will spend 20% of their time on the course completing Off-The-Job training.

How will learners be assessed?

  • Written and practical assessments (mapped to Diploma and NVQ Diploma competence levels).
  • A site visit by an assessor.
  • A synoptic practical challenge.
  • Online multiple-choice test.

Learners without Level 1 Maths and English will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 prior to the end point assessment.

Learners will receive Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Level 2 certificate.

The apprenticeship will take 18 to 24 months to complete.

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