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Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprentice

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Marlborough Highways
£27,325 per annum
Closing date
Fixed Term (18 Months)
Full Time


Marlborough Highways is an established, independent and dynamic civil engineering company with 30 years of industry experience and expertise in public realm, regeneration and infrastructure projects.

We work with Councils, Local Authorities and Contractors in London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the South East, delivering pioneering multi-million-pound trials and rollouts for large programmes and phased schemes through to smaller one-off projects.


Here at Marlborough, we are excited to announce the launch of our Operational Apprenticeship Programme.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our growing organisation as Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprentices.

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operatives work on rural and urban roads 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.

A Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative will undertake reactive and planned rural and urban roads maintenance and repair.

With all our apprenticeship roles paying a minimum of London Living Wage/Living Wage, this is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to start or build on their career within the highways industry.


  • Excavate and reinstate the highway by carrying out maintenance and repairs, including removal of material within the road or roadside using hand or power tools.
  • Read, interpret, and work to drawings, specifications, and highways information.
  • To understand and demonstrate the Marlborough Highways way of working, ensuring that the processes are complied with.
  • Prepare and operate powered tools or pedestrian plant, machinery, or equipment (rollers, mixers, and compressors).
  • To understand the principles of maintenance and repair within the civil engineering and highways sector.
  • To comply with all quality, health, and safety policies.
  • To always represent the business in a professional manner.

What does an apprenticeship with Marlborough look like?

This apprenticeship is an 18-month programme, which consists of block release to an external training provider and is fully funded by Marlborough Highways.

Off-the-job training
As part of the apprenticeship, you will complete (on average) 6 hours per week off-the-job training, which will be supported by Marlborough Highways and the training provider. In-house training and development opportunities are also available to support with the off-the-job hours.

End Point Assessment
On completion of the apprenticeship training, you will complete the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is the final assessment in the apprenticeship of your knowledge, skills, and behaviours the learned throughout the apprenticeship. The EPA comprises of a knowledge test, practical assessment & a professional discussion, carried out by an external assessor. Passing the EPA confirms that are occupationally competent and completes the apprenticeship programme.


  • Must be 18+ years old.
  • GCSEs grade A-C or 4-9 in Maths and English.
    • If you haven’t achieved GCSE in English and Maths at Grade 4/Grade C you will be supported to achieve this as part of the apprenticeship programme.
  • Previous experience within the construction industry is desirable, but not essential.
  • Ability to produce work accurately and to deadlines.
  • Enthusiastic, committed, and flexible around hours and overtime when required.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.
  • Commitment to undertaking academic study and progression of professional accreditation.
  • Good understanding of health and safety and its impact on the workplace.
  • Ability to work safely and productively within a team.
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written.

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