Having worked as a children’s book illustrator and a wedding florist, Julie attended the WiME event in March 2017. After speaking to the team at Siemens Gamesa she was inspired to attend one of the company’s recruitment days and apply for roles. In June, she was taken on as a production operative at the blade factory on Hull’s Alexandra Dock.
“I know office jobs are not for me. It doesn’t suit me to be sat behind a desk as I’m quite arty, so I was looking for a new role that was more hands-on. This is why my varied job in production is such a perfect fit.
“Having such a great team around you makes your job more enjoyable as well as motivational especially when on a night shift. Also, blade production starts with our team, Team 1. It’s the first stage of creating the blade by laying the outer packing in the mould. When I see the finished product, it’s incredible to think the fibreglass on the outside of these huge structures is put into place by us.
“No one in my team had made a turbine blade before. We come from such a variety of different backgrounds. I’m proud to be inspiring other women to work in manufacturing and engineering. I have twin girls who are now 20 so I think it’s important to let women know that every career is open to them.”