Inspiration and encouragement on offer at Scunthorpe event to help women and girls pursue a career in engineering or manufacturing

13:56, Friday, 9th June 2023

Women and girls are being encouraged to find out more about careers in industry by meeting the women who are currently doing the roles in the Humber region and finding out how rewarding these careers can be.

The Women into Manufacturing and Engineering (WiME) careers event is taking place at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on Wednesday 21 June between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and is free to attend.

The event is taking place shortly before the International Women in Engineering Day, which takes place each year on 23 June.

Kirsty Clode, Chair of WiME, explains: “By meeting women working in manufacturing or engineering roles, we’re providing access to role models with a unique insight to offer to both aspiring young women and those who may be heading back to work after a break, or women who are considering a career change.

“At our WiME events, people of all ages and backgrounds can find out what industry jobs are really like from the women who do them, as well as the different routes there are into these careers – from on-the-job training to apprenticeships and degrees.”

With great pay, a high number of vacancies and attractive prospects, careers in manufacturing and engineering present a wide variety of interesting and exciting roles, which play an important part in the Humber’s economy.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this event in Scunthorpe, supporting women into the manufacturing and engineering industry.

“Across the region millions of pounds of investment is creating well-paid, highly skilled jobs in these growth sectors – we are all passionate about ensuring these fantastic opportunities are available to everyone in our communities.

“I encourage women and girls across the area to come to The Baths Hall and see first-hand how they can benefit from the rewarding careers in industry on their doorstep.”

Find out more and book your free place here.

The women of WiME: What our partners have to say…

Trine Thomsen, Finance Director and D&I Champion at Centrica Storage, said: “At Centrica, we are committed to building an inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with WiME by taking part in this event. We will be bringing some of our incredible role models to talk about career options and we will be running an interactive activity and a workshop to build interview skills.”

Ellie Haddon, Low Carbon Project Engineer at Equinor, said: “Equinor is proud to be supporting this initiative to promote diversity within the energy sector and provide young people with information about the wide range of careers opportunities available to them, as well as advice on how these link to the skills they’re currently learning.

“I am particularly pleased to be personally supporting this cause because similar events that I attended as a teenager helped to shape my education and career as a Low Carbon Project Engineer, a role I find challenging, fascinating and highly relevant.”

Lauren Little, Senior Stakeholder Advisor for the Humber at Ørsted, said: “We’re proud to support such a fantastic event. We’ve worked with WiME for several years now, and their mission is very close to my heart. At Ørsted we thrive as an inclusive and diverse workforce, and we want to encourage as many young women and girls into STEM roles as possible.”

Rebecca Brimble, HR Business Partner at Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery, added: “We are delighted to be a part of this event. Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery has been a proud supporter of the WiME initiative for many years and it is a partnership we value. The refinery is on a journey to become a UK leading low carbon refinery, a refinery that can meet the needs for the next generation. To deliver our ambition and ensure we have a talent pipeline for the future, it is crucial we engage with the community and local schools now to share our vision and highlight how the next generation of this region can be at the heart of a more sustainable low carbon refinery in a wide range of engineering, operational, mechanical and process roles. We are passionate about our role of being a good neighbour to the communities we operate in, and ensuring our young people have the opportunity to engage with us and understand the opportunities available is a key part of that role.”

Sarah Dent, HR Business Partner at Tronox, said: “Tronox are really excited to be part of the WiME careers event this year. Inspiring more women and girls to follow a career in manufacturing and engineering is something that is really important to us. We simply don’t have enough women in our industry and we know that this is a real missed opportunity for us – and them! At Tronox we value very highly the diversity that the brilliant women in our workforce bring. We know that the different perspectives and ideas that females bring to our workplace, directly impacts our performance, which is why we are actively working to do what we can to help the women and young girls of the Humber region see the abundance of fantastic career opportunities there are right here in on their doorstep.”