THE FLOURISHING apprenticeship programme at the Isle of Wight Council was celebrated last week.

At its recent staff awards, an apprentice of the year category was created — with Danielle Harris from Legal Services being the first recipient.

The council has 106 members of staff on apprenticeship programmes including 27 new apprenticeships, and also supports more than 25 apprenticeships in schools.

Claire Shand, director of corporate services, said: "As it was national Apprenticeship Week, it's only right we highlight and celebrate our commitment to this area.

"Supporting people to enter work or enhance their skill underpins our ambitions as an organisation to 'grow our own'."

Ms Shand said the council was promoting sustainable career pathways within the council and across the Island as part of the regeneration strategy.

"Danielle is an excellent example of the many great young people we have on the Island, and we are delighted that she is furthering her career in the council.

"She has excelled as an apprentice by going beyond her original remit and showing not just personal ambition in widening her skills and trade, but also good team ethics in supporting others during a very busy period."

Charley Buckett, from procurement, was also highly commended in the apprenticeship awards and Bethany Eggleton, Charlotte Russell, Izzy Knight and Matthew Hennings were all commended.