SignedUp launches new website developed to enhance engineering and manufacturing careers


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% (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 - who are recruiting from a resource pool who lack the skills required in their particular field. 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 local economy is fast on the tipping point, and may have to rely on bringing in skills from further afield to maintain services on Island - highlighting the necessity to develop a highly skilled local workforce in meet the needs of specific sectors.

The Solution

A dedicated Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing website which combined useful resources and live jobs feed to service an audience across the industry was established. This website would be used to provide insight into the Engineering sector 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.

Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing’s new website was designed and developed by PDMS with the aim of increasing awareness of engineering and manufacturing careers on the Island, providing information for people considering a career in engineering, no matter what stage they are at in their life.

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 & 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.

PDMS developed to help connect employment, education and skills on the Island. By combining the PDMS Employed careers and membership platform with great graphic design skills, they are developing a number of new websites for organisations on the Island including the recently launched Construction Federation website

The Outcome 

Sector Skills Champion, Adrian Harrison explains the importance of what the careers hub means; “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”

Isle of Man Engineering website