Highways Maintenance Apprentice

  • Job Reference: MU21789
  • Date Posted: 31 December 2019
  • Recruiter: Morrison Utility Services
  • Location: Preston, Lancashire
  • Salary: £8.11
  • Sector: Construction, Engineering, Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Morrison Utility Services are recruiting for Highways Apprentices, to work on our United Utilities Contract.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain recognised and accredited qualifications whilst you earn and gain a vast amount of experience within a highly respected company.

Specific activities relating to Highways Maintenance:

  • Establishing work area protection and safety on highways
  • Segregating the area of highway works for single carriageway roads
  • Locating and protecting utility apparatus and sub-structures
  • Excavating holes and trenches on the highway
  • Reinstating excavation and highways surfaces
  • In this Apprenticeship programme, you will cover knowledge in three core subject areas
    • Health, safety and welfare
    • Information, quantities and communication
    • Understanding civil engineering technology

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience: 

  • You will ideally have a basic level of numeracy and literacy. You will undertake Functional Skills Level 1 as part of your Apprenticeship programme, equivalent to GCSE qualifications.
  • Suitable applicants will be new to the water industry; no previous work experiences required.
  • You will need to demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm to work outdoors.
  • You must possess a high degree of manual dexterity demonstrated through the use of hand tools.
  • At interview stage you will be required to provide proof of right to work in the UK.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time the Apprenticeship programme commences on 16th March 2020.
  • You will be working in Preston and must to be able to travel daily by a reliable source of transport, to site or the operational depot. Once onsite you will be travelling with a team by transit van to your place of work.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an excellent attitude to learning and respect for those teaching, both in the field and within the college.

Career Development

The Morrison Utility Services Apprenticeship Programme provides the opportunity for you to become fully trained, qualified and competent in:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Highways Maintenance – Excavation & Reinstatement

Our Apprentices start the training program on £8.11 per hour.

On completion of the Apprenticeship and the successful move to team leader, earnings will be in the region of £30,000 plus an incentive bonus scheme where high performers regularly achieve salaries of £40,000 and above.

We are also very keen that some of the Apprentices eventually move into first line supervisor roles and we have a full training and competence programme in place to facilitate this.


Apprentices will carry out their training at Utility & Construction Training Ltd (UCT) Carrington, Manchester acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to work productively on the network. The remainder of your time will be spent under supervision on site at Morrison Utility Services.

Whilst on your Apprenticeship programme at UCT, your travel by train to Manchester, hotel accommodation and all meals will be fully paid for.

Application Process

Please note there will be an Assessment Centre (in Chorley, Preston) for this opportunity which will be taking place on Thursday 13th February 2020.  You must be able to attend to be considered for the programme. 

The Apprenticeship Programme will be starting on 16th March 2020

What’s in it for you?

  • 21 days’ annual leave plus 8 days’ bank holiday
  • Bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance 
  • Personal Accident Insurance