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

How to become a highways cleaner

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in cleaning and environmental support services.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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

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

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Team Leader – Cleaning Services

  • Wage : £14,034.00 Annually
  • Location: B15 2TT

Cleaning Apprentice

  • Wage : £150.00 - £187.50 Weekly
  • Location: Gateshead NE11 0JQ

Courses In England

Certificate in Cleaning Principles level 2

  • Provider: THE SKILLS PARTNERSHIP LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 April 2019
  • Location:

Cleaning and Support Service Skills

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

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