Careers in Engineering

Comparative to other economies, the Isle of Man boasts a low unemployment rate of only 0.9% (February 2018). However, the Isle of Man has to deal with the challenge of increasing skills gaps in specialised sectors, such as Health, Technology and Engineering. The manufacturing sector is currently creating up to 80 new jobs a year and is competing to attract new talent in a tight labour market where it is up against other growing sectors such as IT and digital.

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.

PDMS worked with ACE to provide a new website to combine useful resources and live job feeds to help encourage people, of all ages, to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing.

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 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.

David Hester, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Engineering and Manufacturing committee shared his thoughts on the ACE programme and the website: “The engineering sector is an important but little-publicised part of the island’s diverse economy, representing about 8% of employment. There are several ‘world class’ companies based here and the ACE project was created to make sure our young people are fully aware of the great career opportunities available. The website brings together a lot of information to help students, teachers and parents all over the island to understand what engineering is, what the sector does here and how to develop the skills needed to have a very rewarding career in engineering. The Chamber of Commerce would 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 and continuing to support the ACE programme.”

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