Women across the Humber invited to explore potential careers in engineering
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.