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 last year, another is being held at the Guildhall in Hull on Saturday 10th March 2018 (10am to 3pm).
The event ties in with WiME’s newly-launched #WomenLikeME campaign which gives insight and transparency into the variety of jobs available by sharing the stories of local role models.
The WiME open day 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.
Around 26 companies will be attending, including regional employers: Siemens Gamesa, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Limited, Swift Group, BP, ABP, APD Communications, British Steel, Ideal Boilers, Spencer Group, Level Systems, KCOM, Nestle, Ørsted, Northern Gas, Sauce, Singleton Birch and Vivergo Fuels. In addition, Green Port Hull, JobCentre Plus, CITB, the National Careers Service, the Corps of Royal Engineers and the British Army 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.
Ideal Boilers’ Innovation Manager, Christel Croft, is one of the engineers involved in the #WomenLikeME campaign. She started her scientific career aged just 15 and has worked across the UK and Europe specialising in petro chemicals and polymers. Attending a WiME event last year encouraged her to transfer her skills from project management in the scientific field to creating new innovations in the engineering sector.
“I have the inspiration provided by WiME to thank for my current role. Speaking to Ideal and other firms at the October 2017 event made me realise my skills were transferable across the varying engineering disciplines. They valued the experience I could offer them. As boilers have key components made of polymer and composite I could bring new ideas from my previous field and apply them to new situations.
“Gender diversity genuinely improves company performance. Women should be confident that they can deliver. Their talent is recognised because they can bring another side, another point of view. Engineering contains so many different disciplines. From hands-on skills, to management of projects or teams, there really is something for everyone.”
Beth Marshall, HR Manager, UK Petrochemicals at BP, added:
“We hope that events like this help to not only promote the engineering and manufacturing sector to women, but inspire them to learn more about the career options available and the opportunities they could discover and be part of in this industry. As an employer in the region we are passionate about this sector and ensuring the local talent can see what careers are on offer.”
Councillor Martin Mancey, Hull City Council portfolio holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning, said:
“This initiative will provide an excellent opportunity for women from Hull to find out more about careers in manufacturing and engineering. It shows that Hull is a forward-thinking city and an attractive place to live and work for people from all walks of life.”
Tim Rix, Chair of the Green Port Growth Programme Board, commented:
“WiME is proving a huge success. Nine women have secured training and employment through the initiative and we hope this number continues to grow. WiME also provides a new route to recruitment for local employers and promotes the variety of exciting careers and prospects in manufacturing and engineering.”
Places are limited for the WiME Careers Open Day, so women are being encouraged to enrol here