As part of the ACE Programme the engineering and manufacturing sector attends two careers events each year: The Employment and Skills event and The Engineering & Manufacturing Sector event. Both events showcase the sector; it's depth, breadth and variety whilst providing careers guidance and information on vacancies both now and likely in the future.
The Employment and Skills event is organised by the government departments of Education & Children and Economic Development and is open to all sectors across the island. Companies display in their corporate branding showing products/services with staff members giving advice on what companies do, career guidance as well as vacancies available now and in the future. The event is usually held during November each year at the Villa Marina and runs 9am to 7pm. The event is targeted at all age groups and has the secondary schools Year 9 or 11 students visiting during the school day. There are no fees to exhibit or visit the event.
The Engineering & Manufacturing Sector event is organised by our sector and allows sector companies to participate free of charge. Companies display in their corporate branding showing products/services with staff members giving advice on what companies do, career guidance as well as vacancies available now and in the future. The event is usually held during March each year at the University College Isle of Man's Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) off Peel Road and runs noon to 8pm. The event is targeted at all age groups across the island. There are no fees to exhibit or visit the event.
Since 2007, the sector has seen an improvement in public attendance at both these events, linked to the ACE Programme and the growing awareness of engineering as a desirable career. At the start of the programme, people would ask general questions such as ‘what do you do?’ Now questions are more specific and show greater knowledge about our sector, such as ‘How can I get involved with the manufacturing of aerospace parts?’
At the events, we generally see between 100 to 300 people who are interested in getting a job within our sector now, or planning to do so in the future.
We try to provide staff at the events representing all age groups, genders and backgrounds so you can choose who you'd like to talk with. Our stands also have lots of products and interactive displays as that's how we work best; and it's also easier to explain things that way!
For a person visiting the events the benefits are:
- Gives you an opportunity to see what the sector does and the companies involved so increasing your knowledge about them.
- Should give you a better idea of what aspects within engineering and the sector you may wish to focus your career on.
- Helps you relate your existing skills and qualifications (achieved and/or aiming for) to that needed in the sector.
- Allows you to talk with people to gain an insight into what they do, what decisions they made to get there and seek guidance from them about your career path and subjects/skills you need to develop to gain employment within the sector.
- It's free :)
We try to show a wide range of sector companies at each event to allow people visiting to see the breadth of what the sector is involved in together with details of the range of opportunities available and skills needed.
The benefits of companies exhibiting are:
- Gives you the opportunity to see first-hand people who may be of benefit to your company both now and in the future.
- Allows you to guide people towards a career with you after developing the required skills.
- Helps ensure the sector is seen as diverse, high quality, with a rewarding collection of companies with staff of all age groups, genders and backgrounds instead of just reading about it.
- Allows you to raise the profile of your company in the community (visitors to the events include the general public, politicians and school pupils).
- May allow you to develop closer working relationships with other participating companies.
- The more companies that participate in such events, the better it is for the sector by ensuring our activities/focus are balanced, representative and directed at our needs. It also gives us a larger voice when dealing with government and suppliers.
- It's free!
If you are in the sector and require more information, or if you would like to exhibit at a future event please contact the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector Skills Champion (use the link here for contact details).