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The important stuff

What’s the course about?

The course is 2 years duration, five days full time at the IOM College, 9-4pm. The course is a mixture of theory and practical, biased towards the practical side. The syllabus has been created by the Isle of Man College and the sector and therefore develops the skills that companies need, and will employ. The course also involves a six weeks paid work placement programme during the summer break between years 1 and 2.

What are the entry requirements?

A secondary education and a willingness to learn, in particular, an interest in making things and practical Engineering. A minimum Grade D in GCSE English and Grade D in GCSE Mathematics would be an advantage, but should not deter mature applicants.

What will I learn?

Year 1 We’ll open your eyes to the exciting world of Engineering and Manufacturing. You’ll start to get practical, hands-on experience in a modern engineering facility. Learning about tools, materials and equipment, you’ll develop your skills as well as studying the technical aspects of engineering working towards a recognised qualification. You’ll also build on your maths, science and literacy – key subjects for your future career.

Year 2 Now you have the basic skills and understanding of engineering principles, as well as some industry experience during the summer, it’s time to take the next step! Working predominantly on larger, computer-controlled machines, you’ll enhance your skills and start to design and manufacture complex components. You’ll have access to the latest technology - multi-million pounds worth of machines at your fingertips!

Year 3 and beyond After having completed a bespoke foundation training programme, we’ll have given you the skills and knowledge you need – the next part is down to you! If you have worked hard, advanced your skills and demonstrated the right attitude and commitment, you will have a fantastic opportunity for employment right now. You’ll have met potential employers during your training programme so ensure you make the right impression and show them what you can bring to them.

But the opportunities don’t stop there - you’ll now have an academic qualification meaning you can progress to a higher level of training at the College, ultimately progressing towards University to study for a degree.

Want to find out more?

The course tutor is John Cashin. If you wish to speak to him personally you can telephone the Programme Area Secretary on 648205 for an appointment to discuss your requirements. You may also contact the Sector representative, Adrian Harrison on 498769 or email: cloud-nine@manx.net. Adrian can provide information on the course and employment opportunities.