Last call for Women into Manufacturing and Engineering event taking place tomorrow

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Oct 2017

Women interested in manufacturing and engineering careers need to act fast - there are just hours to register for this weekend’s Women into Manufacturing and Engineering (WiME) event being held by Green Port Hull in Scunthorpe.

The initiative created in 2016 encourages women to choose a career in the sector, which currently only has 9% women in the workforce. Following the first year’s huge success the first event in Lincolnshire is this Saturday 21st October, from 10am to 3pm (last entry at 2.30pm), at the Humber UTC.

Kirsty Clode, chair of WiME, said: “This is our biggest event yet in our ongoing quest to address the issue of gender balance within the manufacturing, engineering and renewables fields. Although the sector is going from strength to strength in the Humber region there is still a disparity in the numbers of women taking up available roles.

“Eight women have already changed their lives forever by securing jobs through our scheme. WiME has the support of major employers from across the Humber region so women and girls wanting to follow in their footsteps should make sure they register now. We hope women from across the area will drop in to find out what careers in engineering and manufacturing are all about.”

Well-known companies including BP, Dong Energy UK, EDF, Network Rail, Airco Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Limited, ABP and the team that maintain engineering icon the Humber Bridge are attending the event. Local firms include British Steel and Ongo, whose Next Level project scheme aims to help low paid workers gain new skills free of charge.

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. There will also be an opportunity to get hands-on with engineering equipment and up to 100 attendees will be able to ride on a steam train to look around British Steel’s facility.

Parking is free and free buses are also running from Grimsby and Scunthorpe town centres to enable women from the immediate area and beyond to attend the event and find out more about current vacancies, discover what training and qualifications are needed and learn about apprenticeship opportunities.

Yvonne Thompson, Next Level Project Manager at Ongo, in Scunthorpe said: “The Next Level Project at Ongo is very happy to be supporting the WiME team and the work they do on the ongoing issue of gender balance within their industries. 

  “We’re excited to be attending the event with participants already enrolled on the project and we hope to find more throughout the day.”

Tim Rix, chair of the Green Port Growth Programme Board commented: “The WiME events inform women about the variety of exciting careers and prospects in manufacturing and engineering providing local firms with a fruitful recruitment channel.”

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership added: “The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership recognises the innovative work WiME are delivering to maximise opportunities for our local people.  Engineering is a key sector in the region with diverse job opportunities that can inspire and attract people of all ages.  Our region’s growing economy is reliant on today and tomorrow’s engineers and the industry requires more women into work. WiME is delivering a leading role and we welcome this approach.”

To register for the WiME event on October 21 visit www.greenporthull.co.uk/wime

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