Sunday, March 3, 2024

Efforts aim to attract more women to roles in industry

Fewer than one in ten women opt for the roles available in manufacturing, engineering, digital and renewables, according to apprenticeship stats from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Women into Manufacturing and Engineering initiative was developed to encourage more women and girls to consider a STEM based careers in manufacturing, engineering, digital and renewable industries with regular careers events taking place across the Humber region where attendees get the chance to chat to women working at local organisations.

WiME’s next careers event takes place at Grimsby Town Hall on Monday 4th March between 4.30pm and 6pm. More than 20 local employers are attending, many with current job, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities available, and will be discussing how to get a foot on the ladder and build a great new career.

Dr Kirsty Clode, Chair of WiME, said: “Our events are designed to showcase the amazing opportunities in our region and dispel any misconceptions about careers in engineering, manufacturing, digital and renewables. Today many roles call for innovation, problem-solving, adaptability and collaboration – all of which women are great at.

“Across North East Lincolnshire there are a wealth of rewarding roles – from supporting renewables and clean energy to designing new IT solutions. Women are already playing essential roles in many of these companies and we would love to encourage more. We are keen for parents/carers to come along with their daughters to learn about the routes into these industries including apprenticeships.

“There is a wealth of roles available to women that may not have existed when they left education. So we are eager for women thinking of switching careers or returning to work to attend too. The women at our Grimsby careers event will tell you all about their roles, what’s it’s really like being a woman in these industries, and which routes you can take to get the skills and experience you need to get there – it might be easier than you think.”

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