At the start of March we celebrated International Women’s Day and as part of the celebration we sat down with some of the women who work hard in the manufacturing industry at SSC. SSC are dedicated to promoting and celebrating the role of women in the manufacturing sector with the goal of increasing the number of women who will choose to study or work in the manufacturing sector.
Meet some of our inspiration women and what they have to say about their day to day life at SSC Laser. We spoke with Emily Wheeler (Sales Estimator), Leanne Taylor (Sales Estimator), Mary Elcombe (Sales Estimator), and our very own HR Manager:
What does a typical day at SSC Laser look like to you? – HR Manager
“In two words…. Varied and unpredictable! And in the words of Forrest Gump, “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” But that is the beauty of HR. Rarely two days are the same, bringing fresh people or organisational challenges to keep your brain active and your expertise tested. Not for the faint-hearted or those that relish routine and order for sure!
Sometimes your day feels like you have transformed into wonder woman resolving many of your ‘local world’ issues with a real sense of achievement and pride. But seriously, some days it feels that you have gone 12 rounds with Anthony Joshua. Whatever the day throws at you, you know that you will soon be pulling on the red and blue lycra again to save the world!”
What’s the best part of working for SSC? – Leanne Taylor (Sales Estimator)
“The team that we work with. We all get on brilliantly considering there is a vast difference in personalities. We all keep each other going and encourage each other to do our best. A bad day doesn’t last.”
Do you have any advice for women who might be looking to work in the manufacturing industry? – Emily Wheeler (Sales Estimator)
“Some people may find the manufacturing sector intimidating if you are female, due to the male dominance. Some personalities fit this environment better than others. Over my 6 years within the manufacturing industry, I have met many fantastically strong-minded females who thrive in their roles.”
Where have you worked previously? Does it differ to the world of manufacturing, laser cutting or SSC? – Mary Elcombe (Sales Estimator)
“Definitely! I came to SSC from a Dental Practice, where I was the Admin Manager. There, I was surrounded by female nurses, dentists and receptionists. SSC is the opposite, and I absolutely love it! Before the Dentist, I ran a pub, then moved on to be a Restaurant Manager at a Steakhouse. Both of these were industries that needed a strong character, and to be able to stand up for oneself.”
Moving forward, there is still plenty to do to fill the employment gap in the manufacturing sector. Did you know that the average manufacturing company is made up of 85% men and 15% women? But, with continued investment in technology and staff training, SCC want to give more women opportunities to join our team and help close that gap.
For companies like SSC, recruiting skilled members of staff with the passion to succeed is one of our top priorities. By 2020 the manufacturing sector will need to recruit almost one million new workers.
Don’t worry if the first thoughts of working in manufacturing doesn’t sound like the perfect fit for you. It is estimated that over a quarter of new recruits within manufacturing will be to infill business and administration roles. So, now is the perfect time to start your career in the manufacturing sector.
For a full list of career opportunities at SSC, head over to our careers page.