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Chloe Barnett

Chloe attended WiME’s first careers open day in August 2016. After meeting employees from Siemens and finding out more about the day-to-day processes, she applied for a role and was taken on as a packing operative at its Hull facility in January.

“Working at Siemens, my dad heard about the first WiME event through a few colleagues who were going along to do presentations. He encouraged me to go along, as Siemens strive to recruit more female employees. At the time, I was coming to the end of an apprenticeship in customer services and fancied a career that was more physical and hands-on.

“The WiME event really opened my eyes to the types of roles that are out there. Although I had an idea about what Siemens does, it was great to have the different roles explained in more detail. I was also given the opportunity to see and feel the fibreglass and moulds that are used to create turbine blades. I thought they’d be heavy and dirty, but they’re actually the opposite.

“After my apprenticeship came to an end, I applied for a role and was fortunate to be taken on as a packing operative. I’m really enjoying learning something new.”