Feeding the Market
22 February 2017
David Hester, Chairman of the Engineering and Manufacturing Committee at the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce, explores career opportunities in engineering in the Isle of Man and how co-operation between the Island’s Chamber of Commerce and Government is providing the next generation of manufacturing engineers.
The Engineering and Manufacturing sector on the Isle of Man represents around 8% of employment. The sector has a long history and a strong association with high value products such as those used for aerospace or oil and gas applications. But there are also companies feeding many other markets from consumer goods through to medical devices (and the food and drink manufacturing sector that also employs significant numbers). The sector as a whole faces similar challenges to others in terms of global economic and political instability, but faces also specific issues such as the reduction in oil price (which has an effect on demand for all kinds of products, including aerospace, due to the temporarily lower fuel prices).
Despite these challenges, there are job vacancies open in the sector and an ongoing need for highly skilled people to fill these positions. The recent expansion of the University College Isle of Man engineering facilities and increased numbers choosing engineering related training courses is helping to create the qualified and skilled people needed.
The Chamber of Commerce continues to work alongside Government to raise awareness of engineering careers in the schools. This availability of skilled people remains the most critical foundation for growth of the sector. There is a shortage of skills and high quality manufacturing capacity across the world and the Isle of Man is well positioned to become a niche, but important, part of the solution.
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