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.
We have taken on four and we know that other companies on the island have also taken on people. We are aware that all the graduates form the first course have found employment with companies on the island. Ours are here full time and they’re now off on their career with Ronaldsway.
“we are looking after them and hopefully developing them into good calibre engineers as they go forward”.
Mr Bagshaw added the four new arrivals were making a good impression among their new workmates on the shop floor. “I’ve has excellent reports about them”
In a separate move, Joe Harrison, who has just left St Ninian’s High School, Douglas, has been taken on for the summer to work on an engineering design project. He scooped the “best of the best” award in a design and technology coursework awards event.
Nigel Brown, managing director at RLC Ronaldsway , was one of the team of judges and was so impressed with Joe that he invited him along for the summer as he awaits the results of his A Levels.
Joe, 18, said he was enjoying his experience at Ronaldsway. He said he ultimately wants to works in some way behind the scenes with a Formula One Grand Prix racing team.
Economic Development Minister Laurence Skelly said: “Access to skills is the most significant challenge facing the manufacturing sector, both in the Isle of Man and across Europe, so I am delighted that RLC Ronaldsway are investing so much in developing graduates from the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering.
With the government’s continued support for the sector and it’s excellent relationship with industry, we are well placed to address the skills challenge and to help meet the growing demand for precision components manufactured in the Isle of Man