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Apprentice Operative - Highways Maintenance

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you a school or college leaver, or potentially looking for a change of career, and live in the borough of Tower Hamlets?  If so; then please read on as we may just have the Apprentice role for you…

At JB Riney, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer. 

Come and join us as an Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance at JB Riney, part of Tarmac, based at our Tower Hamlets depot in London.  You will get hands on experience in various tasks that will help develop your skills, qualify and allow you to progress within the business!

Here at JB Riney, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Important information – for your application to be considered for this apprenticeship role, due to the nature of the apprenticeship we can only accept applications from candidates who live in the area of Tower Hamlets with the following postcodes:  E1, E14, E1W, E2, E20, E3, E8, E9, E98, EC2M and EC3N

Role Responsibility

As an Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance you will be bringing life to our Operations! You will work as a member of a Highways Maintenance Team, responsible for general site duties, working on various projects such as urban and rural roads to repair damaged surfaces, replace kerbs, installing street ironworks and much more, all whilst working in line with our Safety, Health and Environmental policies.

Duties may include (not exhaustive): ​

  • Working as part of a highways maintenance team you will gain 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 Team Leader to reduce or remove any identified risks
  • Display a pro-active attitude to health and safety and report any near hits to the Team Leader, stopping any witnessed unsafe behaviour
  • Liaise with customers & general public to ensure the highest level of safety is maintained Contribute to keeping the working environment safe, ensuring our high standards are maintained ​
  • Be a role model in your approach to Health and Safety ​
  • Work collaboratively to build a culture of continuous improvement through teamwork and communication  ​
  • Maintaining a clean and safe working environment and ensuring safety comes before anything else! ​
  • Taking pride in all work completed and being determined to succeed!​

As an Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance life on site will involve working outside.  It won’t always be glamorous and sometimes you might find yourself in a sunny, cold, warm, wet or windy environment.  However, 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-to-day role, you will complete our Professional Development Programme, giving you a good grounding to start an exciting career in our industry.


Further details of the qualification can be found here:

*Please note your college learning will take place at at :  Southwark Construction Skills Centre, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, London, SE16 7PJ.

*Please note you must be able to travel between site and college for this apprenticeship

*In Person Interviews will take place on Friday 7th June 2024


What you will get from us in the role of Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance

  • Your line manager and mentor will give you help and guidance throughout your apprenticeship programme
  • Your Operational colleagues, who most of your daily interactions will be with will provide support and knowledge
  • Health and Safety Team, always on hand to make sure we are working safely, although safety is everyone’s responsibility!
  • Human Resources​, here to support the development of your career with JB Riney


  • Level 2 – Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative
  • The training will be both compulsory on site; and attendance to college for this Apprenticeship

The Ideal Candidate

Our people come from a variety of different backgrounds and prior experience isn’t always necessary for success.

Educational Qualifications required for the role of Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance:

​GCSEs A-C or numbered equivalent (9-4) in both English and Maths​

Please don’t worry if school wasn’t your thing and you are worried about these entry requirements – come and talk to us!


  • Safety first mindset​
  • Practical and hands-on​
  • Enthusiastic about starting a career in the building materials industry!​
  • Passionate about working safely​
  • A team player​
  • Willingness to learn and develop

Why Us

In addition to the role of Apprentice Operative – Highways Maintenance we offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives, and benefits:

  • Contributory pension scheme 
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc. 
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice 
  • Access to join our Employee Communities (employee networks) we currently have nine communities inc. (REACH) Religious, Ethnic, Cultural Heritage, LGBTQ+, Parents & Carers, Ability, Wellbeing, Female Voice, and Menopause
  • Training and development opportunities 


Interested? Why not click here to find out more?  Go on… are you ready to build your future? 



JB Riney is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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