Road Worker

Job Description:

Road workers build and repair roads and motorways.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

As a road worker, you could:

  • build, widen and resurface roads
  • repair cracks, potholes and other damage
  • lay pavements, kerbs and drains
  • maintain roadside verges and central reservations
  • paint road markings
  • install crash barriers, road signs, traffic lights and street lamps
  • dig trenches for cables and pipes
  • operate power tools and machinery
  • direct traffic around road works
  • grit roads and clear snow in winter
  • lead a team of workers


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • situations
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful
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Entry Requirements:

To become a road worker, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a strong educational background in relevant areas and acquiring certain skills can be beneficial. Road workers are involved in various tasks related to road construction and maintenance, so practical skills and safety awareness are essential. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements, calculations related to construction, and understanding blueprints or plans.
  2. Science: While not mandatory, understanding basic principles of science, such as physics, can be beneficial for understanding construction materials and the physical properties of roads.
  3. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide hands-on experience and knowledge related to construction techniques and machinery operation.
  4. Physical Education (PE): Road work can be physically demanding, so being physically fit and having stamina are important.
  5. English Language: Effective communication skills, including reading and understanding safety guidelines and instructions, are crucial for road work.
  6. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software for project management, documentation, and safety reporting can be valuable.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could take a college course like:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction)

You could do a road surfacing operative or highways maintenance operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Direct Application
You may be able to apply for jobs if you’ve got experience in other areas of construction work, like labouring or groundwork.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 45 to 47 hours a week, occasionally including evenings, weekends, or holidays.

You could work on the road.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, physically demanding, dirty and noisy.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could be a road works team supervisor, known as a ‘ganger’, or become a highways technician, helping to design road improvements.