Island Roads has launched its 2014 Apprenticeship Scheme and is looking for hardworking, enthusiastic individuals who thrive in team environments and enjoy working outside.
The Island Roads 2014 Apprenticeship Scheme has been designed to introduce young people from the Isle of Wight to the working world and develop them into skilled employees with a career prospect in improving the Island’s road network.
Apprentices will be supported to obtain nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 qualifications in Highways Maintenance (Construction) and Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations). The scheme runs for two years and will be a combination of seminar-based delivery and on-site experience, with a permanent job on successful completion of the apprenticeship. The scheme will include regular residential elements based at specialist colleges either in Exeter or York so a willingness to travel is essential.
Paul Herbert, Island Roads Service Director, said: “As an Island company we are delighted to be offering further training and employment opportunities to local people. We recruited six apprentices last September and have been particularly pleased with their commitment and enthusiasm and look forward to welcoming more apprentices to the team.
“These positions will provide guaranteed employment opportunities for young people on the Island and our graduate programme will provide further opportunities for young people who want to develop their skills and capabilities.”
16-year-old apprentice Jacob Pelletier who joined the company in September 2013 said: “The training I have undertaken and the range of tasks I have worked on makes me really excited about a future career in the highway industry.
“The scheme is a really good mix of theory and practical training and I’m really pleased with the amount I have learnt in just over six months.”
Training schemes for apprentices and graduates will be run by Island Roads every year throughout the first seven years of the contract and aim to ensure a skilled engineering workforce is created for the future.