Applications are now being invited for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering Programme at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education, which starts in September 2014.
The programme is being expanded this year so that 36 places will be available in the September 2014 intake.
The Department of Economic Development (DED) says it has a long track record of supporting skills development through initiatives such as the ACE (Awareness of Careers in Engineering) Programme within the Island’s primary and secondary schools and support for an Engineering Skills Champion.
Chris Allen, chair of the Manufacturing and Technical Industries Committee of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce said: ‘The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering Course is a modern take on the traditional engineering apprenticeship specifically targeted at the aerospace, precision engineering and high-tech sectors on the Isle of Man.
‘Many businesses in these sectors are currently boasting significant growth and skills shortages are threatening to limit this.
‘The industry has worked together with the Department of Education and Children and DED to develop the course content and approach.
‘Students will complete two years at the college and will receive not only tuition for academic qualifications but also practical training, which will enable them to join industry to complete a third year as an apprentice.
‘Manufacturing businesses have committed to recruit their future apprentices directly from this course.
‘The industry is very excited about this course and so if anyone is interested in an apprenticeship with some of the island’s most exciting manufacturers then this course is for you.’