Engineering facility planned for Hills Meadow

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An aerospace and precision engineering facility can be created at Hills Meadow Industrial Estate, in Douglas, government planners have ruled.

Planners approved the Department of Education and Children’s application (14/00709/B) for alterations to the Construction Crafts and Engineering Building.

The work to turn the Hills Meadow training centre into a dedicated engineering training centre of excellence will cost nearly £1 million.

The government’s Vision2020 strategy recognises that manufacturing will be at the forefront of the Isle of Man’s economic vision for the future.

Earlier this year, then Economic Development Minister John Shimmin MHK said the facility would benefit the industry and enable the sector to continue growing.

‘The manufacturing sector is creating 80 new jobs per year and much of the sector’s future growth will be dependent on accessibility to skilled engineers,’ he said.

‘Therefore we need to develop a highly skilled local workforce in order to ensure continued success in the future.’

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