Here Comes the Girls – Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day!

To highlight the importance of encouraging women into engineering roles, Pentaxia is once again happy to be supporting International Women in Engineering Day ( on 23rd June 2018.

Organised by the Women’s Engineering Society, which was founded in 1919, International Women in Engineering Day is an annual event, that aims to focus attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles available for women and celebrate the achievements of the world’s outstanding women engineers.

Although still slightly outnumbered by male colleagues, Pentaxia embraces the contribution women can make in the industry and the female team continues to grow with recent additions to the laminating team and production support. The company has also promoted Engineer Dr Grace Atkinson to the role of Composites Engineering Manager.   Managing Director, Stephen Ollier commented “Pentaxia has some very talented women in our organisation and it is great that we have been able to promote Grace to this senior position, recognising the contribution our ladies have made to the success of the company.”

Emma Shooter recently joined the company as a Trainee Laminator as she was looking for a hands-on practical role. Emma said “It’s really good to be able to get stuck in and help create something and it’s a really positive environment to work in”.

Production Support Manager Maria Marsden joined Pentaxia in April and was pleased to see a high number of women in the workforce. Maria commented “I last worked in manufacturing back in the nineties and at that point in time there were no women working on the shop floor, only in the offices. Its great to see this has changed now with women working across all areas of the business and I’m happy to be part of such a diverse team”.

Hayley Meehan had been working in the hospitality industry and fancied a change and so applied to Pentaxia. A year on and Hayley is a skilled Laminator and valued member of the team. Hayley explained “It’s a really rewarding varied job. Every day you are helping to produce something new and its great to see an end result”. She added “I would recommend more women consider a move to this kind of role, after all you don’t know until you try!”

There’s lots to inspire young women – and men – to pursue a career in engineering. Particularly in composites, which is a growing industry – there’s so much opportunity to develop skills and be successful in such a thriving and exciting sector.  Pentaxia is always on the lookout for talented individuals, interested parties should visit our careers page to see the current vacancies on offer.


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