To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (9 to 13 March), an event is being held at Newport Library on Thursday 12 March 2015 for young people to find out about local apprenticeships and apply for upcoming opportunities.

‘Great Apprenticeships Day’ involves a number of local training providers including HTP Training , Smart Training and Recruitment, the Care Learning Centre, FNTC Training and Island Training.

Careers information and advice for young people will also be provided by the Isle of Wight Council Choices team.

This day will be split into two sessions, the first between 11am and 3pm for young people looking to apply for opportunities available now and a late session, held between 3pm and 7pm for school leavers to discuss their future plans and opportunities.
Isle of Wight Council wants to hear from young people aged 11 to 18 about A-levels.

A special survey has been launched, the results of which will feed into the ongoing consultation about the future of secondary and post-16 education.

This short survey aims to gather views on how important certain factors are for young people when choosing where they would like to study their A-levels. It also asks what young people plan to do once their A-levels are finished.

It has been developed following feedback from members of the Isle of Wight Youth Council and the Member of Youth Parliament for the Isle of Wight, Will Matthews.

To take part in the survey, log on to www.iwight.com/consultations and click on the “A-level survey” link. The survey is live until 4.30pm on 30 April and the results will inform the outcomes of the consultation which will be reported to and discussed by councillors in the summer.
Young people who are passionate about helping to make changes that will benefit young people on the Island are being invited to stand for election to the Isle of Wight Youth Council (IWYC).

Nominations are being sought ahead of the election which takes place towards the end of March. Elections are also being held for a member and deputy member for the UK Youth Parliament

The IWYC works closely with the Isle of Wight Council making sure that young people’s views are taken into account when forming policies and making decisions and the IWYC also lobbies on behalf of young people about Island issues and projects. The age range is 11 to 21 and there are 24 elected youth councillors.
The Island’s Youth MP and deputy are also co-opted on to the youth council. To stand as youth MP or deputy youth MP you need to be aged 11 to 18 years old.

Youth Council members have contributed to Isle of Wight’s scrutiny committee, the budget review process and consulted on the review into the new youth offer. Call 01983 823351 for more information.