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Highways electrician / service operative

Supervising the installation and servicing of electrical equipment and systems on roads and motorways.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

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 completed the level 2 highway electrical maintenance and installation operative apprenticeship.

What apprentices will learn
  • highways operational principles - including operational procedures and planning, resource management and routine and reactive works
  • highways operational practices - including installing, maintaining, inspecting and testing equipment and systems and dealing with emergencies such as road traffic incidents
  • using electrical components and equipment - including cables, distribution boards and fuses and safety cameras, street lighting and traffic signals
  • completing official records - including electrical test certificates and inspection, job and testing sheets
  • supervisory techniques - including allocating responsibilities, coordinating activities, effective communication and relationship management
  • health and safety practices and legislation within a highways environment - including Highway Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS) requirements and industry safety standards
  • level 3 certificate
  • level 3 NVQ diploma

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

On completing their apprenticeship, apprentices can register:

  • with HERS so they can be issued with an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card
  • as a technician member (TMIET) with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • as an engineering technician (EngTech) with the Engineering Council (EngC)

End Point Assessment

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Organisation Phone Number Email
Lantra Awards 02476 858418