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Apprentice Groundworker / Civil Operative

South West
City Town:
15 Jul 2022
Vacancy Type:
About The Role
Milestone Infrastructure look after the maintenance 24,000 miles of roads, 280,000 lighting assets and 20,000 miles of footways, always with a view to ensuring that all works are carried out as sustainably as possible and with minimal impact to local communities.

An operative apprenticeship at Milestone is an investment in your future and we are now recruiting for Apprentice Highways Civils Operatives in Exeter. We know our staff are our greatest asset; we will encourage you to realise your potential and will support your career aspirations.  We are always on the lookout for talented individuals with the potential to be our leaders of tomorrow.

We are proud members of The 5% Club and are committed to ensuring that at least 5% of our workforce are in earn and learn roles such as apprenticeships.  Currently this figure is closer to 9% and growing so you will be joining a community of like-minded colleagues.

We are looking for an individual with a general interest in the built environment who is ready to learn and develop his / her skills while working. We are also looking for an individual who can communicate with confidence, work as part of a team, and demonstrate their potential to succeed as an Apprentice Civils / maintenance Operative, a role that integrates academic learning at the same time as  providing valuable experience working on sites in the field.

This is a safety critical role and the learning element of the apprenticeship will provide you with the appropriate health, safety and environmental knowledge as well as the practical and technical skills required in order to qualify.   You will undertake block placements ( usually a couple of weeks at a time ) with the training provider.  During these periods, you will be provided with hotel accommodation, all meals and travel will paid for / reimbursed.

The role itself is interesting and varied, and at all times, you will be working with fully qualified operatives who will support and mentor you whilst you learn.  Some of the tasks you can expect to undertake include:

Excavation and backfill for highway construction
Laying paving slabs and block paving
Installation of drainage systems
Placing and finishing structural concrete
New Roads and Streetworks training
Laying of kerbs and edgings
Locating utility pipes and cables using CAT scanning tools
Use of IT to receive and complete jobs
Strict adherence to safety protocols at all times

Your professional development will not stop once you have completed your apprenticeship.  Once qualified, you will be given opportunities for further training. You may wish to undertake large plant training (excavators, dumpers, ride on rollers, etc) or you may decide to advance your career by undertaking more specialised training in traffic management, trowel skills, steelfixing and formwork:  basically the choice is yours if you would like to build a successful career with Milestone Infrastructure.

Ideally, we would like you to possess at least 3 GCSEs at grade 5 or above in English, Maths and a Science, however, this is not essential.  We are most interested in your enthusiasm, potential and willingness to learn.   We are also looking for:

Full driving licence or a willingness to gain one within 12 months
Willing and able to undertake manual work outside in all weathers
Computer literate
What’s in it for you?

22 days paid holiday plus 8 bank holidays
Life assurance
Cycle to Work scheme
Shopping discounts scheme
Continued professional development 
Employee Assistance support programme


About The Company

At Milestone we embrace diversity, opening a rich potential for new ways of thinking and helping us to build successful and winning teams. We would like you to perform at your best at every stage of our recruitment process; and as a Disability Confident employer, if you require any adjustments that would assist you throughout your application, please contact us at [email protected] or inform the recruitment manager in the first instance and we will be pleased to offer support.

We also welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need.  Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview; whether this is part-time working, home working, or any other alternative. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role.

This is an advert for our job vacancy, and therefore may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the role described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of Milestone. The closing date for this vacancy may be subject to change any time at the sole discretion of the Business.