Highways cleaners keep footpaths, green spaces and streets clean, and deal with litter, graffiti, and items left by the public.
Salary range: £14,000 to £17,000
How to become a highways cleaner
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in cleaning and environmental support services.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set entry requirements, although you may need a driving licence to operate road sweeping vehicles.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of public safety and security
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You may need a C1 licence in some jobs to drive service trucks up to 7.5 tonnes.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- using cleaning vehicles and machines, and hand tools such as brushes
- clearing drains and gullies
- using a pressure washer to clean paved areas
- removing litter, graffiti and fly posters
- using specialist machines to remove chewing gum from pavements
- cleaning equipment at the end of each day
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With qualifications and experience you could progress to become a supervisor or manager.