In a male dominated industry we need to expand the talent pool, there is a lack of women across the industry and for the little few that are representing females, they aren’t being recognised enough!
Under 10% of engineering workforce in the UK is female, with untapped talent out there and excellent opportunities available we need to make our industry more attractive and an inclusive sector for women to work in.
Last week we had the pleasure of the lovely Julia Brockbank, Site manager of VBMS at Walney Extension visiting our training centre to complete the full GWO package.
Julia has been in the industry for 10 years and started her journey as an administrator, working for a temping refugee centre. Julia admits, “when they first told me I’d be working on a windfarm, I said…WHAT!”
Having asked Julia how she feels about working in a male dominated industry she admitted, “I feel blessed to do this job, I can show other girls as long as you are respectful the blokes see you as an equal.”
It is crucial to educate young women of the possibilities and benefits of working in this sector as it opens career and travel opportunities in an exciting and interesting nature of work. Julia is a great ambassador for the industry as she is breaking stereotypes and barriers to promote equal opportunities in the work place.
Julia laughed, “I’ve never been discriminated with the guys, always banter. You just have to give it back”
With an increase in gender diversity in the engineering sector role models are important for development to encourage women to never let gender stop you from pursuing your goals.
Like Julia there are other women in the industry making a change, you can catch them below: