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Apprenticeship training course

Water network operative (level 2)

Construct, maintain and repair water network infrastructure, to provide a reliable supply/service to domestic, commercial and industrial users.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Mains layer
  • Repair and maintenance operative
  • Service layer
  • Utility operative
  • Water operative
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify hazards and implement controls to reduce risks; comply with method statements.
  • Interpret work instructions/engineering instructions and determine actions.
  • Identify and organise resources to undertake activities.
  • Comply with workplace health, safety & environmental policy and practice; use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety equipment.
  • Check signing, lighting and guarding; address issues if required.
  • Dig holes for utility network services.
  • Monitor and maintain site conditions; good housekeeping.
  • Identify, locate and avoid utility supply apparatus and sub-structures.
  • Select, check and operate equipment and tools; report faults if required.
  • Maintain and store equipment and tools, for example charge batteries, clean equipment, grease machines, re-fuel.
  • Communicate with colleagues and/or stakeholders, for example, statutory agencies and members of the public, customers.
  • Carry out trench installation for example, sheeting, lightweight and proprietary systems.
  • Record information, for example job reports, time sheets.
  • Backfill and reinstate road and/or pavement surfaces after water network construction/repair.

Full information on Water network operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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