The partnership’s Women into Manufacturing and Engineering (WiME) initiative, which is supported by the Regional Growth Fund, aims to encourage women to choose a career in these industries.
Following the success of previous events, another is being held at the Guildhall in Hull on Saturday 6th October 2018 (10am to 3pm – last admission 1.30pm) and at the Town Hall in Grimsby on Friday 12th October 2018 (1.30pm to 3.30pm – last admission 2.30pm)
The events tie in with WiME’s #WomenLikeME campaign which gives insight and transparency into the variety of jobs available by sharing the stories of local role models.
The WiME open days will be a chance to meet women already working in manufacturing and engineering, find out about current vacancies, discover what training and qualifications are needed, and learn about apprenticeship opportunities.
Over 22 companies will be attending the Hull event, including regional employers: Siemens Gamesa, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Limited, Swift Group, BP, ABP, Croda, DFDS, EDF Energy, Humber Bridge, KCOM, KWL, Nestlé, Northern Gas, Ørsted, RB, Sauce, Smith & Nephew, the Spencer Group, SSE, Tricoya Ventures Ltd and John H Whitaker (Tankers) Ltd. In addition, Green Port Hull, JobCentre Plus, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the National Careers Service, Labour Market Initiative and the Corps of Royal Engineers will also be there on the day.
In Grimsby, there will be around 20 companies, including: ABP, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Limited, British Steel, DFDS, EDF Energy, Engie Fabricom, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, LCS Group, Network Rail, Ørsted, Phillips 66, RB, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery and Tricoya Ventures UK. In addition, Green Port Hull, JobCentre Plus, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the National Careers Service and the Corps of Royal Engineers will also be there on the day.
Women can talk directly to representatives from these companies and their female employees about how to get into this exciting and growing sector of the local economy.
Kirsty Clode, Chair of WiME, commented:
“The WiME team has listened carefully to women from across the industry and the region, to find out what barriers they face when it comes to embarking on a career in manufacturing or engineering, and feel we have made progress in breaking these down. We’ve showcased the wide variety of roles available and shone a spotlight on the women who enjoy brilliant, exciting careers in these sectors. WiME has made a fantastic impact since its inception in 2016 and we hope that this October’s events are a success.
“In addition to the public events, we are holding an open day on Friday 5th October (Hull) and the morning of October 12th (Grimsby) for schools only. This will be the perfect opportunity for pupils to ask about what GCSEs, A Levels and vocational qualifications will enable them to pursue a career in these industries, and find out more about apprenticeships and job roles.”
Since starting with KCOM as a software developer 25 years ago, Lindsay Rogers has worked her way up to Head of IT Delivery, with her career taking her into the areas of software solutions, IT architecture and strategic planning.
She says although the software engineering and IT industries are changing slowly, there is still much more potential for women to step into rewarding IT careers, which is why KCOM is attending the WiME event.
She said: “I think sometimes women discount IT as a career because they see it as a male-orientated industry and don’t realise the huge opportunities there are here. We can offer a career at KCOM that provides lots of different opportunities and also a chance to make a real difference to the business.
“Organisations like WiME really work to help promote IT and digital skills as a career and to inspire women and girls to pursue a career that they previously may not have considered. It’s so good to be able to meet and talk to girls at the events about the exciting opportunities at KCOM.”
Chartered civil engineer Tracy Westerby will be attending the WiME event with Laing O’Rourke. She joined the company after graduating from Durham University with a master’s degree in civil engineering. Since her first job with Laing O’Rourke working on Heathrow’s Terminal Five, she’s worked all over the country on power projects, as well as spending five years in Manchester on Metrolink and then two years on HS2 tenders in Birmingham.
“Laing O’Rourke are very keen to support WiME and support engineering as a career choice. I want to share the great career prospects and inspire the next generation of female engineers. Events like this enable students, teachers and careers advisors to find out more, so informed career choices can be made. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions and talk directly to women who have chosen engineering as a career.”
Tim Rix, Chair of the Green Port Growth Programme Board, commented:
“Thirteen women have secured employment or an apprenticeship through WiME and we are confident this number will continue to grow, as more businesses and organisations join the initiative. Our partner employers all recognise the struggle to recruit women in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and are delighted that WiME is addressing this, by promoting the variety of exciting careers and prospects available.”
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said:
“The Women into Manufacturing and Engineering initiative is one that is wholeheartedly supported by Hull City Council. It is vital we work hard to break down the kind of barriers that might make it harder for women and girls to begin a career in manufacturing or engineering. Not only is this extremely important for those women and girls, but it is also vital for the future of the industries themselves.”
Places are limited for the WiME Careers Open Day, so women are being encouraged to enrol now at www.greenporthull.co.uk/careersfair