The apprenticeship scheme which runs for two years involves a combination of classroom based training and on-site experience and those who complete their apprenticeship successfully will be offered a permanent job at the end of their training.
Apprentices will be supported, during their time with the company, to obtain nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 qualifications in Highways Maintenance (Construction and Excavation Operations) and part of the training will include residential elements based in either Exeter or York.
Island Roads already has seven apprentices working as part of their scheme and has a minimum of four graduates working on the PFI programme at any one time. The company also offers bursaries to help Island young people, looking for a career in engineering, to meet the cost of their education and provides these students with vital work experience placements.
Paul Herbert, Island Roads Service Director said:
“We are committed to supporting and developing local job opportunities and creating a local, skilled engineering workforce. We already employ over 200 Island people and through our apprenticeship scheme we offer further opportunities for Islanders wanting to train and develop as highly skilled highways operatives with the prospect of full time employment for those who successful complete their training with us.”
James Coleman (pictured), currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Island Roads said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and have practical experience of working as a highways operative. I enjoy working outside and wanted to work in a team environment and I have learnt so much in my time here already. I have also had the chance to join in regional safety meetings on the mainland with senior managers from other contracts. It’s hard work but I’d definitely recommend it.”
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Prospective candidates interested in an apprenticeship must have at least three GCSEs at grade D or above in English, Maths and one other subject.