Highways CleanerJob Description:
Highways cleaners keep footpaths, green spaces and streets clean, and deal with litter, graffiti, and items left by the public.Job Category:
What you will do:
- drive street cleaning vehicles
- use cleaning machines and hand tools such as brushes
- clear drains and gullies
- use a pressure washer to clean paved areas
- remove litter, graffiti and fly posters
- use specialist machines to remove chewing gum from pavements
- clean equipment at the end of each day
- knowledge of public safety and security
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a highway cleaner, specific subjects are not typically required. Highway cleaning positions often require practical skills, physical fitness, and a strong work ethic. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial if you’re considering a career in this field. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:
- English Language: Effective communication skills, including reading and understanding safety instructions and workplace policies, can be important in this role.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills can be useful for tasks like measuring cleaning solutions or calculating cleaning timeframes.
- Physical Education (PE): Highway cleaning often involves physically demanding work, so being physically fit and having stamina is essential.
- Science: While not mandatory, having a basic understanding of environmental issues, pollution, and the effects of cleaning chemicals can be helpful.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- applying directly
You could do a college course that will teach you some of the skills for this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 1 Award in Cleaning
- Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles
You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set entry requirements, although you may need a driving licence to operate road sweeping vehicles.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 36 – 38 hours a week, including early mornings.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With qualifications and experience you could progress to become a supervisor or manager.