August 2015


Jobs are secured in 8.2m contracts


A company has scooped contracts worth £8.2million, securing scores of jobs on the island.

Ronaldsway Aircraft Company has clinched a deal worth £1.2 million over 3 years to supply precision components to French aviation giant Dsault. The parts will be used on the Rafale fighter aircraft. The Ballasalla business is about to sign an extension to a current contract worth around £7 million over five years to supply a major aircraft engine manufacturer based in Poland.

Managing director Nigel Brown said that the company hopes to complete a deal to supply parts to an American subsidiary of a major UK firm.

Adrian Moore, chairman of the Isle of Man’s Aerospace Cluster which embraces 22 companies employing around 1,000 skilled staff, said: “it’s fantastic news for business and for the Isle of Man.”

He added the cluster was now a key part of the UK supply chain. Island firms…

Apprentices are taken on at factory


Four new apprentices have been making a name for themselves after being taken on to work full time at Ronaldsway Aircraft Company.

They have been joined by award –winning school leaver, Joe Harrision, who has been taken on for the summer to tackle design work before hopefully heading for university. The four apprentices, John Sheppard, Jordan Walker, Nathan Teare and Reuben Rice, were taken on after graduating from the foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering at Hills Meadow in Douglas.

Colin Bagshaw, human resources officer at the Ballasalla business, which is part of the RLC Engineering Group, told the Business News that he has been looking after apprentices since 1985 and he was most impressed with the new intake.

Mr Bagshaw told Business News: “We wanted people to come out of the course and hit the ground, not necessarily running, but at least a fast walk.

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