Construction equipment manufacturer says female engineers are a huge untapped talent pool
IN the run-up to this summer’s National Women in Engineering Day (23 June), construction equipment manufacturers Terex have announced their commitment to inspiring the next generation of female team members.
As well as launching a dedicated national recruitment programme to expand the company’s growing workforce, the Coventry-based firm has pledged its support to the Government’s Think, Act, Report initiative.
A national scheme promoting gender equality in the workplace, Think, Act, Report encourages impartial recruitment. By raising awareness of issues in the workplace and supporting best practice across the UK, the programme aims to drive further female employment into manufacturing roles – a key strategic priority for Terex.
‘Despite numerous opportunities and huge job potential in the sector, poor communication means that a manufacturing career can still seem out of reach for some women,’ commented Neal Nowick, general manager of Terex Coventry.
‘This is why figures for women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles still fall far short of the 30% target by 2020, set out by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), despite such a goal being a key national priority.
‘At Terex, we benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of highly talented women, many of whom lead factory teams and direct innovative development projects for our latest equipment ranges.
‘As well as sharing our best practice with other companies across the UK, our commitment to the Think, Act, Report programme aims to further cement gender equality throughout the organization and encourage more women to consider a career in the sector.’
Alongside committing to the Think, Act, Report initiative, earlier this month Terex hosted their annual ‘Women in Manufacturing’ open day – giving visitors the chance to take a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility and talk to the team about current employment opportunities on the factory floor.
‘This year’s event was a huge success,’ commented Ashley Anderson, HR manager at Terex Construction. ‘As well as taking a tour of our site, the day gave attendees an opportunity to interact with team members and get a feel for what Terex is all about.
‘Almost all of the women we spoke to on the day asked for an interview on the spot, and after undergoing our full employment process, half were offered a full-time position.
‘Following the event, we’ve started to receive more and more applications – a statistic we hope to further increase over the coming months.’