Women invited to discover job opportunities in manufacturing and engineering at event

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2018

WOMEN across the region are being invited to discover new job opportunities in manufacturing and engineering at an event being held as part of a Green Port Hull campaign.  

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. 

The group is holding its next event at the Guildhall in Hull on Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10, tying 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.

Around 26 companies will be attending, including regional employers such as Siemens Gamesa and ABP. The growing importance of highlighting the achievements of Women in Manufacturing and Engineering has also been  highlighted in this year’s Humber Renewables Awards with its inaugural Women in Manufacturing and Engineering award.  

Read more: The drive to get more women to take up roles in engineering

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 petrochemicals and polymers.

“I have the inspiration provided by WiME to thank for my current role,” she said. Speaking to Ideal and other firms at the October 2017 event made me realise my skills were transferable across the varying engineering disciplines. 

“Engineering contains so many different disciplines. From hands-on skills, to management of projects or teams, there really is something for everyone.”

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Beth Marshall, HR manager, UK Petrochemicals at BP, said: “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.”

Dave Newborough, UK HR director of WiME award sponsor E.ON said: “We’re really excited to be sponsoring the Women in Manufacturing and Engineering award, which recognises outstanding professional women who are working in the energy industry. As an industry that traditionally struggles to attract women into engineering roles, we’re really passionate about encouraging women in to the energy sector and offering them opportunities to develop their careers.”

The award, aims to recognise and celebrate women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond. 

Nominations can be made here.

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