Chamber’s Engineering & Manufacturing Committee changes to welcome the wider STEM sector

Date: Thursday 02 May 2019

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce’s Engineering and Manufacturing Committee has changed its name and is now the STEM Committee to reflect that its scope has been widened.

The committee members have agreed that it will be beneficial to broaden the scope beyond engineering and manufacturing to include other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based member companies that do not fit the existing ‘narrow’ description and which also don’t sit well under other existing Chamber committees (such as IT and eBusiness or Construction). For example, there are biomed companies which have already expressed an interest in joining a STEM committee. This STEM agenda also aligns well with the committee’s vocational training and educational focus, which remains one of the biggest challenges facing businesses in these sectors.

Dave Hester, Chamber Sector Lead for STEM, commented:

“The Chamber committees continue to evolve to suit the current economic and business environment and to bring most value and relevance to its members. Expanding our remit to STEM will not represent a major change of focus, but it will allow a few more companies to become active with the committee and for us to apply more resources to promoting science and technology companies as well as engineering and manufacturing. We look forward to welcoming new members and working closely with the other committees and with Government departments to grow the Island’s STEM based economy.”

Representatives from STEM related companies are welcome to join the committee. Meetings are held every other month (February, April, June and so on) on the third Monday of the month at 5pm. 

The engineering website www.engineeringiom.com will continue to focus on the engineering sector and promote initiatives such as the Apprenticeship Scheme and other sector developments, but will also promote any projects of the overall STEM Committee.

For more information

Contact David Hester, STEM Sector Lead, or Rebecca George