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Launch of ‘Women in Manufacturing’ project

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Recently Meg Munn MP attended the launch of "Women in Manufacturing" in Westminster. The event was to bring together the UK manufacturing community, STEM organisations, educational institutions and government.

Organised by the Glass Academy, the glass industry training and development organisation, the initiative aims to support, attract and retain women in manufacturing and encourage diversity. The project aims to illustrate how important it is that recruitment to manufacturing is from a wider group of people than is traditionally the case. This is vital to ensure an effective and competitive manufacturing sector which will contribute to growth in the economy.

 In addition to ensuring more girls and women consider manufacturing as a career there will be a specific focus on encouraging younger people. This will be through programs to create awareness around sector employment opportunities, encouraging the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related subjects and changing current perceptions of work in manufacturing industries.

Meg said:

"Women are significantly underrepresented in manufacturing and I welcome this initiative to promote and support the recruitment and retention of women.

Manufacturing is enjoying something of a revival but there is no doubt that without sufficient talented people of both genders joining this sector then the UK will not achieve its potential." 

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