18 Sep

Six Islanders are on the road to a successful career in highways engineering and maintenance after taking up apprenticeships with Island Roads.

The six, aged between 16 and 24, have begun two-year apprenticeships which will feature on-the-job training as Island Roads delivers the 25-year Highways PFI.

Island Roads had initially intended to take on four apprenticeships but the calibre of the 30 candidates who applied was of such quality that a further two apprenticeship placements were created.

The six will learn a range of skills including traffic management, emergency response techniques, as well as road building and maintenance methods such as kerbing, minor surfacing and drainage.

They will also receive on-the-job training and support of designated individual mentors and off-the-job training through attendance at a specialist college working towards a Level 2 NVQ in highway maintenance. Pay increases as the apprentices complete set modules and each will be given a job on successful completion of their apprenticeship.

“As an Island company we are delighted to be giving training and employment opportunities to local people through this apprenticeship scheme,” said Island Roads Service Director Paul Herbert.

“We were particularly pleased that the calibre of people wishing to undertake one of our apprenticeships was so high. We are proud that local people will be learning skills and then using them in the years to come to improve the Island’s transport infrastructure through the Highways PFI.”

Councillor Jon Gilbey, IW Council cabinet member responsible for the Highways PFI said: “The council has always been clear that the Highways PFI should be about more than just improving the roads – important as that is. It is also about stimulating the local economy and providing training and employment opportunities for local people.

“This apprenticeship scheme shows that objective in action. It offers the six apprenticeships not just training, not just a job but a real career that brings with it the opportunity to make a positive difference to the Island.”

One apprentice, former Ryde High student Todd Bennett, aged 20 said: “I am grateful to Island Roads for giving me this chance to train towards a career and also to earn a wage while doing so. I’ve always been interested in the construction industry and I am really looking forward to learning new skills and putting them into practice.”

Joining Todd in the apprenticeship schemes are James Coleman, Ryan Hawker, Scott Beecroft, Jacob Pelletier and Jordon Power.


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