islandroadsvansIsland Roads has launched its 2013 Apprenticeship Scheme and is looking for four hardworking, enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working outside and thrive in team environments.

The Island Roads 2013 Apprenticeship Scheme has been designed to introduce young people from the Isle of Wight to the working world and develop them into highly skilled operatives working on 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 classroom based delivery and on site experience, with a permanent job on achievement. The scheme will include regular residential elements based at specialist colleges either in Exeter or York so a willingness to travel is essential.

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Paul Herbert, Island Roads Service Director, said: “We are thrilled to announce this apprenticeship scheme at this early stage in the project as it 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.”

Island Roads officially took on the responsibility for the Island’s highways on the 1 April 2013 and will deliver a range of services to improve the Island’s infrastructure over the next 25 years. These include resurfacing and improving the 500 miles of roads and 470 miles of footways; replacing over 12,000 street lights with brighter, more environmentally friendly LED lights; upgrading litter bins and deploying new, state-of-the-art street cleaning equipment.

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 well into the future.

For further details of how to apply, please visit: or email [email protected] for an application pack. The closing date for applications is Friday 25 May 2013.

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