14 July 2014

Ever fancied becoming a gritter driver or starting on the road to becoming a civil engineer?

Northamptonshire Highways is looking for an apprentice to take part in a two-year training programme which would include on-the-job experience combined with college study.

What skills could I acquire?

With a £12,500 a year wage-packet, at the end of the course the highways operative would have acquired a range of skills including principles of highways maintenance, kerb laying and laying Tar-mac. This would provide a solid foundation for potential opportunities in the industry.

Based at the Brixworth depot, the trainee would also complete 18 weeks full-time college study and travel to different work-sites within the county.

Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to work on helping improve highways and footways in Northamptonshire while at the same time acquiring the training necessary to progress their career.

“I’m also delighted that as an organisation we’re able to help equip people with essential skills which will be of benefit to them and the county as a whole.

“This is a new scheme and, resource permitting, this is something which we’d like to expand upon in future years.”

The right person for the position would have a good standard of communication, be able to work in a team but still be self motivated with the desire to work outside in all weathers. They would also need to hold a full driving licence.

What qualifications would I get?

At the end of the programme the trainee would have completed an Apprenticeship in Highways Maintenance with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Anyone interested in the position should send their CV and a covering letter to Paul McGrath via email to pmcgrath@mgwsp.co.uk