Careers in highways and transport

Find out about careers in highways and transport and the work we do in North Yorkshire.

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Our ambition is for North Yorkshire to have a strong, growing and sustainable economy that enables our residents and visitors to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. At over 9,000 km in length, we have one of the longest road networks in the country and the work of the highways service in maintaining and enhancing this network is critical to making North Yorkshire a success.

Given the diversity of our county the opportunities we have on offer are plentiful. We want North Yorkshire to be a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

The purpose of our highways and transportation service is to manage, maintain and improve transport networks and services with a clear customer focus and strong performance culture.

Our key strategic priorities include:

  • improving east - west connectivity
  • improving access to high speed and conventional rail
  • improving long distance connectivity to the north and south
  • economic growth - contributing to economic growth by delivering reliable and efficient transport networks and services
  • road safety - improving road and transport safety
  • access to services - improving equality of opportunity by facilitating access to services
  • environment and climate change - managing the adverse impact of transport on the environment
  • healthier travel - promoting healthier travel opportunities

North Yorkshire is a special place: England's largest county; breath-taking landscapes; friendly people; and the vibrant backdrop to the phenomenon that was the 2014 Tour de France “Grande Départe”, and subsequent Road World Cycle Championships and Tours de Yorkshire cycle races.

However, being England’s largest and most rural county also poses significant challenges. We have one of the largest network of roads in the country, running through some of the most challenging landscapes. The rural nature of the county gives the road network a unique importance to our customers who always see efficient and well-maintained highways as a priority.

We were the first local authority to successfully bid for additional highway maintenance funding to help support the vast rural transport network, and other authorities are using the same model to apply for funding. We truly are trail-blazers in capital investment and have also delivered massive savings to meet the continuing challenges of local government finance whilst still ensuring that vital services are maintained.

The vast rural nature of North Yorkshire means that the highway networks are the true arteries of the county, providing the means by which the lifeblood of the county can move about. Whether it’s getting to work, getting the kids to school or getting to the hospital, transport around the county is vital. Whether it’s snow from the ‘beast from the east’ or flooding from Storm Desmond, these arteries must be kept moving.

The unpredictable nature of the weather and the variations of landscapes means that working in highways operations is never dull! Being adaptable and responsive is a must but being able to look ahead and predict issues is equally important.

Hear what our staff have to say...

What’s is like to work in highways?

"Love it! The team and line manager are so supportive. We are there for each other through thick and thin even though geographically we are spread across the county. One cry for help and someone is always there."

"Every day is a different challenge. Daily interaction with customers, contractors, developers, councillors keeps the job interesting. You have to be reactive to highways operation problems, but also apply strategic thinking in the longer term forward planning of projects."

"I enjoy my role because I am out and about for most of the time so no two days are the same."

What training and development is available to you?

“Training and development opportunities are readily available with opportunities to shadow and gain on the job experience where appropriate. Managers are supportive and encouraging when discussing career development and academic opportunities. Highways and transportation management help people to find their ‘happy place’ whether that is in career progression or even a sideways move into a different team, recognising different needs of individuals."

"Training opportunities are available depending upon existing qualifications. The Council also has an ICE training agreement for those staff who wish to progress to chartered or incorporated status."

How have our flexible working opportunities helped you?

"Flexi-time has enabled me to gain a work life balance that suits me and my young family. As a mum working full time and having the opportunity of flexi-time I have been able to progress in my career to management and still don’t miss the family time with my daughters. I haven’t missed a school concert or play yet!"

"We work within the flexible working hours which is utilised by team members for a good work life balance."

Why did you choose to work for North Yorkshire County Council?

"The Council has a very good reputation and I wanted to work for an organisation that has that reputation and looks after its staff."

"Having a safe career is really important to me, my job is safe and the benefits package suits my lifestyle."

We have exciting times ahead within the highways and transportation service, offering you the opportunity to:

  • join a highly successful service
  • progress your career and gain qualification with professional recognition through our Institution of civil engineers approved training scheme
  • make a real difference to the communities of North Yorkshire
  • use the latest technology and innovative ways of working
  • be supported by professionals and a commitment to your continued professional development and life-long learning
  • enjoy a comprehensive employee benefits package including employer pension scheme, family friendly leave, flexible working, salary sacrifice and employee discount benefits
  • work in an inspiring environment, due to the natural geography of North Yorkshire
  • have job satisfaction, with the ability to see through projects from start to finish, and witness first-hand the positive impact on the communities we serve
  • work in partnership with communities, contractors and wider professional networks
  • work on new, innovative projects in an organisation whose strong financial management enables the investment into invest to save initiatives to secure future sustainability

In today’s climate, where employment can be unstable at times, we can offer you a safe career, a good working environment, as well as a generous benefit package. We want you to work to live not live to work, we want you to enjoy the things in life that really matter to you and this is important to us.

We pride ourselves on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire, as well as being the employer of choice. Our vision is for North Yorkshire to be a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and work force. We aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential and to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities.

We invest heavily in the development of our employees, providing training and qualifications to further enhance their careers. We offer apprenticeship and graduate programmes as well as supported internships.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:

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At Highways, we are always on the lookout for new talent. If you are currently within a highways environment or an equivalent role and looking for a new adventure send your CV, quoting HWSPEC to

It is important that your CV is in word format and includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline a position you are interested in and your motivation for applying.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We do not accept CVs from agencies.

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