Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Highways maintenance technicians work in a team to carry out highway maintenance programmes.
James Gunn is a Highways Maintenance Technician at VolkerHighways, part of VolkerWessels UK. They specialise in highways maintenance, civil engineering, hard and soft landscaping and street lighting.
You need to have GCSE grade 9-4 (A* to C)/Standard grades or National 4/5s in Maths, English and Technology and in Wales, the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Many people go through a trainee technician scheme with day release training, leading to a National and Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Civil Engineering/Building Services. You may also be able to take a foundation degree qualification or study part-time for a degree in construction, engineering or quantity surveying. For some training schemes you will need prior work experience.
You could also work towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification. It provides professional recognition for transport planners and is awarded by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Transport Planning Society (TPS). You need to demonstrate an appreciation of a broad range of transport planning procedures and techniques, and a competence to work in some of these.
Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed highways maintenance operative’s set their own pay rates.
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