Katy Owen – Supply Chain Manager, Produmax
How long have you worked in manufacturing
How important is it for you to speak to pupils, in particular, girls, about your experiences in manufacturing, and what do you hope your involvement will achieve this year?
Only 12% of women work within the field of engineering and 41% within supply chain. These figures highlight that both my field of expertise and sector are male dominated. Many years ago engineering and manufacturing jobs were seen as grimy, manual labour along with increased hazards and risk within their work environment. This is certainly not the case now. I hope to showcase that there are many opportunities for females within engineering and manufacturing.
In the last five years we have dramatically increased the number of women at Produmax as a strategic objective. This includes four females in our successful apprenticeship programme, two of whom joined us in August to embark upon their own journeys through manufacturing. As a company we actively encourage women to join this sector to launch their careers.