Jane Cox, a Partner at national law firm Weightmans, assesses the persistently low numbers of women in the manufacturing sectors and gives some tips to employers to help them recruit, retain and promote women in their ranks within the remit of equality law.
UK apprenticeship vacancies in engineering and manufacturing technologies increased 15 per cent between August and October 2013, compared with the same period in the previous year, according to figures released today by the National Apprenticeship Service.
Staff who dislike their jobs are three times more likely to call in sick, but investing in a positive career culture for low wage work could boost the UK economy by £49 billion, according to a study released today by The Work Foundation.
With a pitiful few women on the books of her recruitment firm 2B Interface, Beatrice Bartlay, entrepreneur and recruitment expert in manufacturing, calls for women to bring a fresh perspective to non-traditional roles and help plug industry skills gaps.
Trade association, British Glass has launched Women in Manufacturing, an initiative aimed at bringing together the UK's manufacturing and engineering communities to attract, support and retain women in industry at all levels and disciplines.