Salary: Competitive plus benefits

As a General Operative Apprentice, you will work as a member of a road surfacing gang, responsible for general site duties, working on various projects such as major new-build highways, airfield surfacing, motorways, residential streets, industrial estates and car parks, whilst working in line with our Safety, Health and Environmental policies.

Activities may include:

  • Working as part of a Road Surfacing Team for National Contracting.​

  • Gaining an understanding of road surfacing and construction materials. ​

  • Developing skills on mobile plant equipment .​

  • Attend, participate and understand the content of the daily briefing and any site specific inductions.  ​

  • Fully understand site risk assessments prior to starting work on every occasion and make suggestions to the Foreman to reduce or remove any identified risks. ​

  • Display a pro-active attitude to health and safety and report any near hits to the Foreman, stopping any witnessed unsafe behaviour. ​

  • Liaise with customers & general public to ensure the highest level of safety is maintained. ​

​Working on site will involve working outside.  It won’t always be glamorous but be assured your safety and health is our number one priority and full protective clothing and equipment is provided.  Your colleagues are there to help and look out for each other, and safety is everyone’s responsibility.​​​

​​While learning in your day-today role you will complete our Road Surfacing Operative Level 2, giving you good grounding to start a career in our industry. Further details of the qualification can be found here: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/road-surfacing-operative-v1-0.

Our people come from a variety of different backgrounds and prior experience isn’t always necessary for success. Please don’t worry if school wasn’t your thing and you are worried about these entry requirements – come and talk to us!​ The following transferable skills and qualifications are beneficial in this role:

Qualifications required:

GCSEs (or equivalent) at pass grade, with willingness to work towards level 4+ if required. Support provided by our business.


  • Passion for safety​

  • Good problem solving skills​.

  • Good communication skills​.

  • Confidence​.

  • Teamwork​.

  • Drive and ambition to succeed​.

  • Happy to work outside in all weathers.

Location: Reading, Berkshire, England

Job Reference: tarmac/TP/115/2372