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Highway electrical maintenance and installation operative

Installing and servicing electrical support structures, equipment and systems on roads and motorways.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have GCSEs in English and maths at grade D to G (or equivalent).

What apprentices will learn
  • highways operational practices - including first line emergency attendance, hazard identification, installing and maintaining equipment and site specific risk assessments
  • planning, preparing and organising works - including identifying work and requirements and identifying plant, equipment, tool and material requirements
  • working with electrical structures and equipment - including poles and posts and safety cameras, street lighting and traffic signals
  • team working - including effective communication through written and verbal skills, taking responsibility and working in a positive and constructive way
  • specialist highway electrical equipment and system, installation, maintenance or emergency attendance skills
  • health and safety practices and legislation within a highways environment - including the Highway Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS) requirements
  • level 2 certificate in highway electrical work
  • level 2 NVQ certificate or diploma in highway electrical systems

Apprentices will complete their work in line with industry and employer health, safety and environmental procedures including:

  • completing the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) highway electrical version health and safety test
  • fulfilling the HERS requirements so they can be issued with an ECS card

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

On completing their apprenticeship, apprentices will be registered as an associate with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

End-Point Assessment
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Organisation Phone Number Email
Lantra Awards Limited 02476 858418
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.