Island Roads apprenticeships

By David Keeble

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


APPRENTICESHIP opportunities are on offer for young Islanders thanks to highways company Island Roads.

The Island Roads 2014 Apprenticeship Scheme runs for two years, combining seminar and on-site learning, and participants will work towards nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 qualifications in construction and excavation operations.

Service director Paul Herbert said: "As an Island company we are delighted to be offering further training and employment opportunities to local people.

"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."

Jacob Pelletier, 16, apprentice who joined Island Roads only seven months ago said: "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."

The scheme includes regular residential elements at specialist colleges, in either York or Exeter, and upon successful completion individuals will be rewarded with a permanent job.

For those interested in applying for the Island Roads 2014 Apprenticeship Scheme you can visit the website or you can email for an application pack. The closing date for applications is May 30, 2014.


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by john hanson

24th April 2014, at 22:11:55

well i hope they teach them the right skills and not how to fcuk up the roads and pavments like they have done

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by Jack Woodford

24th April 2014, at 20:38:48

By 'jams' I presume you mean you may have been held up for 15 minutes?
I made that journey today as well as it happens. My 'jam' at Blackwater was about 90 seconds.

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by john jones

24th April 2014, at 18:38:07

I hope they have more luck than I had as a local trying to get a job with them. I have applied 4 times and never even got a reply.

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by Ashley Harcourt

24th April 2014, at 16:56:39

A nice opportunity for someone wanting to learn a trade but any chance of senior Island Roads staff taking an apprenticeship in Traffic Management and Planning?
Travelling from Sandown to Newport today was chaos. Roadworks causing jams at Lake and Blackwater. We went that way as there are already roadworks near Yarbridge and last time we tried the Godshill route that was being worked on to. There's plenty of sabre rattling with regards to ferries but little on what happens to poor motorists who do get their cars over to IoW.

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by Yvonne Carter

23rd April 2014, at 22:54:22

This is trying to be positive. Please would Island Roads take on some traffic light management apprentices?. The queue to get through the temporary traffic lights along Forest Road (near the entrance to Parkhurst Forest) was back to LIDL this evening at 5pm. Obviously the lights need tweaking at morning rush hour to let more cars into Newport and at 4pm plus to let more cars out of Newport at each change of lights. Not rocket science but a job opportunity?

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by Jack Woodford

23rd April 2014, at 18:30:07

Steady on chaps - we are in danger of giving the impression this site is populated by a few normal people!

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by Colin Russell

23rd April 2014, at 17:38:59

Thats good news for the lad,s and lass,s that get on the apprenticeship,s serve there time and get filtered into the company,
For a 25 year term , i think thats good forward thinking to bring your own work force in,,,, good luck with it

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

23rd April 2014, at 17:21:16

Oh ye of little faith Jack, no a big up for Island Roads and good luck to all whoare sucessful in gaining an apprenticeship a must for all youngters setting from school leaving and also those who have not had the opportunity find a future in work on the Island.

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by Jack Woodford

23rd April 2014, at 16:02:43

Before anyone manages to find a negative - can I just get in and say well done. Anything that offers proper jobs to local people has got to be welcomed.
And while I'm at it, Bouldnor Road looks superb as well.

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