Island Futures

Traineeships - referral process

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A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that can prepare young people for their future careers. A traineeship can help a young person to move into further education, get ready for the world of work through work experience and improve their chances of getting an apprenticeship or a job.

The Isle of Wight Council Traineeship Programme

In partnership with HTP Apprenticeship College and Isle of Wight College, young people have the opportunity to improve English and Maths skills, and develop a range of employability skills working towards an accredited employability qualification.

The Isle of Wight Council are committed to providing quality work experience placements within the council and through our partners. If you would like to refer a young person you are supporting, please complete the application form noting the eligibility requirements below. If you are not currently being supported by a professional and you meet the eligibility requirements, please download and complete an application form and send it to Island Futures using the contact details provided below, by July 31 2018.

Application  Criteria

If you or the young person being referred meet the criteria listed below please apply.

  • 16 to 24 years old.
  • Not in education, training or work (more than 16 hours per week).
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to learn and motivated to work.
  • Not have previously achieved a level 3 qualification. 


Application Process

  • To apply please download a copy of the application form (PDF, 803KB, 5 pages). 
  • Once the form has been completed please return it by email to:
  • Alternatively you can post a paper copy of the completed form to: Island Futures, Floor Four, County Hall, High Street, Newport, PO30 1UD.
  • Please note: All applications must be received by July 31 2018.


Programme dates

  • The next cohort will begin in September 2018 and will run until January 2019.
  • Applications must be received by July 31 2018.


Programme content 

  • English and maths as crucial employability skills.

  • Preparation for work and training.

  • High quality work placement to give meaningful work experience and to develop workplace skills (minimum 160 hours).

  • Work preparation skills, covering areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and interpersonal skills.

  • Level 1 Employability qualification.


Financial support

  • Work placements are unpaid, but trainees will receive support subject to individual circumstances this will be evaluated upon confirmation of a place on the programme.
  • A weekly training bursary payment of £57.90 may be available to eligible candidates.