On a tramway construction operative apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for activities in the construction and renewal of tramways.
A tramway construction operative is responsible for activities such as setting up and maintaining a temporary traffic management system, lifting and moving large and irregularly shaped loads, installing and removing temporary works, using a variety of handheld tools, equipment, and items of plant and being able to carry out site clearance activities such as the removal of waste items and the storage of reusable materials and combustible materials.
You will work in shifts and outdoors in this position, typically in difficult inner-city or town surroundings.
A thorough understanding of the environment, including how pedestrianised and road traffic areas interact, as well as the relationships between the relevant stakeholders, is required, as is a thorough understanding of the effect the works (noise, dust, vibration, traffic control and management systems) can have on the surrounding environment.
What you’ll learn
On a tramway construction operative apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:
- Contribute to safe working practises and procedures by wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and following the appropriate rules and procedures relating to safe systems of work in the Tramway environment, such as working at heights, in confined spaces/trenches, and on or near roads or track.
- Ascertain that all shift preparations have been completed and that all critical information has been given and comprehended.
- Access and follow information and documentation to support construction and renovation activities, such as method statements, risk assessments, plans, specifications, and manuals.
- Choose, inspect, and prepare hand tools, equipment, and plant items to support construction and renewal activities, ensuring that calibration tolerances are met where applicable.
- Set up and operate a temporary traffic control system, and build barriers, signage, and pedestrian walkways as required.
- Use appropriate technology and verbal and nonverbal communication tactics to communicate essential and technical information to colleagues and customers in a clear and timely way.
- Carry out site clearance tasks, such as rubbish disposal and the storage of reusable items and components.
- Handle mistakes, accidents, and crises by taking precautions to protect oneself and others, such as lowering the risk of a cable strike and delivering first aid.
- Handle conflict and/or troublesome behaviour by de-escalating situations and providing risk-averse, positive assistance.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks on a tramway construction operative apprenticeship could be to:
- Set up and maintain temporary traffic management system.
- Lift and move large and irregular shaped loads.
- Install and remove temporary works, using a range of hand held tools, equipment.
You’ll usually need:
- Depending on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent or relevant experience.
The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods:
- Practical Test
- Professional Discussion
You could work on a construction site or tramway.
Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a site supervisor.
Duration: 18 months
Relevant school subjects: DT and science
Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent or relevant experience
Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs
Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum
More information about the Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative Apprenticeship standard can be found here.
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment
For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.