New website to drive careers in engineering and manufacturing

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Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing has launched a website designed and developed by PDMS, aimed at increasing awareness of careers in the island.

Although the Isle of Man’s engineering and manufacturing sectors support diverse markets across the world, the island suffers from a skills shortage in this area.

The site has been designed to provide information for people considering a career in engineering, no matter what stage they are at in their life.

The Awareness of Careers in Engineering Programme (ACE) was launched in 2008 as part of the Engineering Sector Skills Group’s ambitions to ensure the island’s engineering and manufacturing businesses are able to recruit local people with the required skills, creating sustainable growth in support of the Government’s strategy for a diverse, dynamic economy.

Comparative to other economies further ashore, the island boasts low unemployment rates of just 1.6 percent (recorded April 2016).

However, the Isle of Man has to deal with the challenge of skills gaps which now occur in specialised sectors, such as health, technical and engineering.

The Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing website aims to champion the engineering sector by creating a resource to inform and encourage people from an early age to undertake further training into more highly skilled jobs, beginning to close the skills gap within the industry.

In addition to relevant resources and guidance, the website features latest news and events updates, and showcases local job opportunities and companies within the engineering and manufacturing sector.

The website uses a real time job vacancy feed from, where companies can list their opportunities for free and job seekers can quickly find local career building opportunities.

The site is filled with useful resources and insights to spark people’s interest and hopefully inspire them to pursue a career in engineering.

It includes advice on training options for people at any stage in their career such as Key Stage students, undergraduates, apprenticeships and individuals already in employment but seeking a career change. Interviews from previous engineering students now working in industry provides first-hand accounts of their experiences and also advice for people considering following in their footsteps.

Sector skills champion, Adrian Harrison said: ‘The sector hopes that bringing the information together and presenting it on the website will help people all over our island understand what engineering is, what the sector does on the island towards engineering and how people can develop the skills needed to be have a very rewarding career in our sector.

‘I’d like to thank the great team at PDMS for all their hard work in helping deliver a great new careers resource for the Isle of Man’

Dedicated to raising awareness of the industry, Adrian also hosts the annual Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing careers event every March, promoting the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering Course (first two years of the sectors Apprenticeship Scheme – applications being taken now), run in conjunction with the University College Isle of Man, where employers, students and prospective students are encouraged to get involved to see for themselves the types of exciting careers and lifestyles are available.

Local software company PDMS has developed to help connect employment, education and skills on the island.

Contact Adrian by email or call 498769 for more information.

Feedback on the site is openly welcomed.

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