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Highways cleaner

Alternative titles for this job include Street cleaner

Highways cleaners keep footpaths, green spaces and streets clean, and deal with litter, graffiti, and items left by the public.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter

to

£17,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

early mornings on a rota

How to become a highways cleaner

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • applying directly

College

You may be able to take a Level 2 Certificate in cleaning principles.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths

More Information

Direct Application

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

You'll need:

  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

You may:

  • 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

Working environment

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Cleaning Principles

  • Provider: HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 August 2021
  • Location:

Employability - Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles

  • Provider: PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL
  • Start date: 19 April 2021
  • Location: PETERBOROUGH

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