I’ve worked in STEM industries throughout my career for over 25 years, in food manufacturing, construction, accountancy, engineering sectors.
I love working in the manufacturing sector and am passionate about inspiring more women to join the industry, supporting more women to take up leadership positions and promoting the range of exciting careers available in the sector to assist in filling the skills shortage the industry is going through.
Last year I met a female structural engineer that had left the industry, retrained as a life coach but wanted to get back in the industry. Didn’t know how to go about this and was also looking for a mentor.
Throughout my working life in STEM sectors I’ve seen only a handful of women on Boards or in senior management positions.
In 3 years of apprentice intake at a heavy engineering company we had only one female apprentice out of 30 apprentices.
Many of the engineering companies I’ve worked with have no women on the shopfloor, not for a want of trying but they don’t get women applying for the roles.
I work with The work-wise Foundation who are a charity set up to promote engineering and manufacturing careers in schools, academies and colleges. A lot of work is being done in this area to encourage the next generation of girls to consider STEM careers.
– Jackie Cook, Founder