On-Island training for challenging career
Modern apprenticeships comes in all shapes and sizes.
No longer solely a route into manufacturing and heavy industry, they're offered increasingly in white-collar sectors - and for the first time in the Isle of Man, in accountancy.
Twelve accountancy apprenticeships are being offered by the Department of Economic Development in a scheme designed to provide Island employers with the staff they need.
Two year placements with Manx practices will see the traditional combination of four days on-the-job training and one day per week day release, for classroom tuition.
That will be offered by Douglas-based Manx Professional and Educational Services (MPES), DED's key partner in the venture.
The scheme will start in January 2017, and will lead towards a recognised qualification in bookkeeping and accountancy.
Apprentices will be paid by their host firms with help from DED, which will also foot the bill for registration, exam and tuition costs.
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MPES managing director Sarah Kewin says becoming an apprentice is no longer about servitude to an employer: