Women across the Hum­ber in­vited to ex­plore po­ten­tial ca­reers in en­gi­neer­ing

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FOCUS ON SMES -

WOMEN ACROSS the Hum­ber are be­ing in­vited to dis­cover job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing sec­tors through an event be­ing held by Green Port Hull.

Women into Man­u­fac­tur­ing and En­gi­neer­ing (WiME), which is sup­ported by the Re­gional Growth Fund, was cre­ated in 2016 to en­cour­age women to choose a ca­reer in these in­dus­tries.

The WiME ca­reers day will be a chance to meet women al­ready work­ing in en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing, find out about cur­rent va­can­cies, dis­cover what train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions are needed, and learn about ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Around 20 com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Hull and East Rid­ing em­ploy­ers Airco Re­frig­er­a­tion & Air Con­di­tion­ing, ABP, Spencer Group, CITB, Vivergo and the Hum­ber Bridge are sup­port­ing this ini­tia­tive and will be at­tend­ing the event. Net­work Rail will also be there to talk about the women who keep the re­gion’s rail net­work op­er­a­tional.

Kirsty Clode, chair­woman of WiME, said: “Although man­u­fac­tur­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and re­new­ables in the Hum­ber re­gion are go­ing from strength to strength, there is an on­go­ing is­sue of gen­der bal­ance within these fields. Just nine per cent of the UK en­gi­neer­ing work­force and six per cent of reg­is­tered en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians are fe­male.

“Our first events had real im­pact – eight women have been re­cruited through the scheme and WiME now has the sup­port of 21 ma­jor em­ploy­ers from across the Hum­ber re­gion.”

The likes of the Swift Group, Siemens Gamesa Re­new­able En­ergy, Spencer Group and Airco Air Con­di­tion­ing & Re­frig­er­a­tion Ltd have re­cruited through the scheme

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity to get hands-on with en­gi­neer­ing equip­ment at the event and up to 100 at­ten­dees will be able to ride on a steam train to look around Bri­tish Steel’s new fa­cil­ity. To reg­is­ter for the WiME event on Oc­to­ber 21, visit www.green­porthull.co.uk/wime.

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