On completion the Road Surfacing Operative will be able to:
- Lay and compact road surfaces using all forms of asphalt and ancillary products such as bond coat and bituminous jointing compounds, in accordance with relevant specifications and industry best practise.
- Prepare and operate large specialist resurfacing plant and machinery such as planers to remove the existing surface, floating screed pavers laying asphalt, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and large hydraulic breakers.
- Prepare and operate powered units and tools such as disc cutters, breakers, floor-saws and compactor plates.
- Carry out the excavation (planing) and reinstatement of the highway, install street ironworks.
- Identify, locate and excavate around underground services to avoid strikes and loss of service.
- Apply appropriate health, safety, environmental and ecological procedures when working on the roads, including the movement, storage, lifting and handling of resources.
- Plan, undertake and inspect work safely, efficiently and productively.
- Read, interpret and work to drawings, specifications and highways information.
- Work safely within temporary traffic management (utilising sterile safety zones, traffic lights, signage, cones and barriers) as required by legislation and industry standards to protect all parties whilst works are undertaken.
- Communicate effectively using oral and written communication methods.
- Work effectively within a team environment, cooperating and supporting team members when required.
- Use own time effectively in order to consistently complete work on time to agreed programmes.
Road Surfacing Operatives are required to know and understand:
- The various road surfacing techniques including the application and use of primers, epoxy or thermoplastic resins, bituminous emulsions, and various types of aggregate including their limitations and characteristics.
- How to work in accordance with the National Highway Sector Schemes, Industry Codes of Practice, the New Roads & Street Works Act and other guidance relevant to the occupation.
- Responsibilities under relevant legislation including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment 1998 and Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992.
- Risk assessments, method statements and other official guidance required in order to undertake work.
- The structure of the highway, civil engineering methods including the principles of water drainage and construction technology.
- Plant and machinery such as planers, floating screed pavers, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and large hydraulic breakers and their correct usage.
- Powered units and tools such as disc cutters, breakers, floor-saws, compactor plates, self-propelled rollers and hand tools and their correct usage.
- Different road categories and types and construction materials appropriate to each together with relevant working methods.
- Drawings, plans and specifications in order to identify what works are required.
- Traffic management systems and how to work safely within them.
- The principles of measurement and how to apply them.
Road Surfacing Operatives are required to:
- Promote a positive safety culture in the working environment.
- Be polite and courteous when dealing with colleagues, clients and the public.
- Apply equality, diversity and inclusion in dealing with others.
- Show a willingness to be adaptable, adjusting to changing work instructions.
- Display the confidence to resist pressures to work following unsafe practices.
Individuals without Level 1 in English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those for whom this is their primary language.
Typical duration is 15-18 months.
This will be a level 2 apprenticeship.
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";