On Friday 22nd June Ambrose Recruitment were delighted to be invited by Spirax Sarco to ‘Raising The Bar’ networking event to celebrate International Women In Engineering Day. This was attended by Recruitment Manager Chris Rooum and Spirax Sarco Account Manager Sam Bainbridge.
The event held at Spirax Sarco’s UK HQ in Cheltenham was organised by Gloucestershire STEM Network with the aim to raise awareness of the skills shortage facing the engineering industry and recognising the importance to those who provide inspiration to other young women considering a career in engineering.
It was great to hear from a number of guest speakers including Lindsay Perks (Principal Consultant at Osprey), Rachel Pallett (Sales Director EMEA at Watson Marlow Fluid Technology) and Chama Shanyinde (Bridge Engineer at Tony Gee & Partners). Each gave an insightful view into their career, successes in how they got to where they are today and setbacks faced along the way.
There were also talks from Spirax Sarco Directors Jim Devine (Group HR Director) and Neil Daws (Divisional Director) who gave their view on the importance of increasing awareness of Women in Engineering.
Following the talks there was a thought-provoking question and answer session. Some key issues were bought up and discussions around the effects of maternity leave as well as how engineering can be made more appealing to females at a grass roots level.
A Big thank you to Spirax Sarco and STEM Gloucestershire for putting on the event. Events like this are important for highlighting the need for diversity within the workplace and celebrating the fantastic work done by those looking to further develop these initiatives.