A lively meeting of the Island Technology Group took place at the Landguard Manor home of Innovative Physics recently, which was attended by a number of students and staff from Christ the King College to discuss how they can become ambassadors for the Group.
The Technology Group was formed last year by the Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, when it became clear that many Island engineering, electronics and advanced manufacturing companies shared similar challenges, an important one being the recruitment and retention of suitably qualified employees and appropriate local training.
Chairman, Geoff Underwood, Managing Director of In Flight Peripherals Ltd and Chairman of the Island Technology Group said:
“Our main issue seems to be attracting people into engineering. The many innovative technology companies over here appear to be one of the Island’s best kept secrets. Many young people go off to university and just don’t return after their degree, thinking there is nothing suitable for them here.
“Collectively the group’s main aims are to raise the profile of these Island companies and to change young people’s perception of engineering. We are very lucky to be working with a group of enthusiastic students from Christ the King College, who will be our ambassadors in spreading the word to local young people in an effort to generate more interest in engineering and manufacturing as a career choice.”
The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner added:
“I am pleased that the Technology Group is working with Christ the King College and I know they intend to carry out similar projects with other schools in the future. We have many great companies here on the Island who are sometimes forced to employ mainland staff. I would like to see more of these jobs going to Islanders and I am sure once there is this greater understanding of what is involved and what companies here have to offer prospective employees, this situation will change.”
Any Island company interested in getting involved with the Technology group should contact Andrew Turners office on 01983 530808 or email: [email protected]