With clients focused in the engineering, construction and manufacturing industries, we have seen some inspiring stories from women in engineering roles. From young female apprentices across a multitude of sectors to an award-winning Contracts Engineer, we often hear about women who are excelling in the engineering sector, through our clients.
At Genoa Black, our team is 80% female and it resonates with us that our clients are striving to ensure women are fairly represented. We attended Scottish Engineering’s #INWED webinar and listened to speakers such as Demi Leung, Yewande Akinola and Jessica Armstrong and their discussions about the creative side of engineering and how key influencers in their lives, from mums to teachers to mentors, encouraged them on the path to becoming engineers. This made us think about our clients and we wanted to share some of our favourite stories from amazing women excelling in their career.
At Mackenzie Construction, Contracts Engineer Kristina King has gone from strength to strength to win the Concrete Repair Association’s first ever Emerging Talent Award. Originally employed as a graduate site engineer, Kristina’s natural ability was apparent from the beginning. For such a young recruit she was quick to display a well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of her role, with health and safety, quality control, technical, commercial and contractual awareness all present in her delivery. She is a huge asset to the team and remains an inspiration to other young engineers within the business.
Through our work with Developing the Young Workforce in Fife we got to know Hannah Reid, Modern Apprentice at Fife Fabrications. Whilst at Lochgelly High School, Hannah set out engineering as a pathway early on in her school career, taking part in the ‘Girls into Engineering’ programme when she was 15 which included a placement at Shell as a Valve Technician. Despite being a shy person, she took advantage of every opportunity that came her way, including taking part in The Polar Academy expedition to Greenland. From there, with much greater confidence, Hannah chose to take on a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering at local business, Fife Fabrications, even doing extra work throughout as she found that she truly loved the experience. Having completed the FA, Hannah then chose a Modern Apprenticeship as a CAD Draughtsman (also at Fife Fabrications) and is now, aged 18, excelling in the workplace.
Although it was great to see our LinkedIn feeds alive with those celebrating International Women In Engineering Day, there is still a long way to go with female engineering and technology graduates accounting for just 15% of the total 2018 cohort, according to data from UCAS. With our continued focus on supporting the oil & gas, engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors, we hope to work with our clients to ensure gender stereotypes in these industries continue to be broken down.
If you are interested in learning more about Genoa Black and our work in the engineering sector, we are hosting a webinar with Scottish Engineering on Wednesday 8 July looking at the implications of COVID-19 and its effects on the industry. Sign up for your place, today!