'Train local workers or lose the industry'

'Traen obbreeyn ynnydagh, er-nonney bee yn jeidjys caillt'

S'ymmyrçhagh traenal obbreeyn schleioil, my vees y jeidjys cummal-seose etlanyn dy hannaghtyn er-mayrn syn Ellan sy traa ry-heet.

Shen reir Chris Astley, reireyder cummal-seose etlanyn Western Atlantic, ec Purt-Aer Roonysvaie.

Ta'n colught echey shirveishagh etlanyn hed feiy ny cruinney, agh, er y gherrid, begin daue ymmyrkey stiagh ram jeh'n skimmee oc veih'n çheu-mooie.

Feiy ny cruinney, ta genney jeshaghteyryn as stiureyderyn schleioil sy jeidjys-etlan.

Ta prindeyssyn ec Colleish Ollooscoill Vannin ta goaill ram jeh ny coorseyn eck, as ta paart jeu traenal marish Western Atlantic ec y phurt-aer.

Ta Mnr Astley gra dy vel y jeidjys feme obbreeyn aegey ynnydagh.


'Train local workers or lose the industry'

Training of skilled workers is essential if the Island's maintenance aircraft industry is to survive in future.

That's according to Chris Astley, the maintenance manager for Western Atlantic at Ronaldsway Airport.

His company services aircraft destined for use across the globe, but recently had to import much of its staff from off-Island.

Globally the aviation industry is running low on skilled engineers and pilots.

University College Isle of Man has apprentices on many of its engineering courses, some of which train with Western Atlantic at the airport.

Mr Astley says the industry needs young, local workers.

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