Manufacturing is an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated, but in recent years, more and more women are breaking into this field. Women have made significant contributions to manufacturing, and they continue to play an essential role in shaping the industry's future.
In the past, manufacturing was viewed as a job that required physical strength and technical skills, which were often seen as masculine traits. However, this perception has changed as technology has advanced, and the industry has become more automated. Today, manufacturing requires a combination of technical knowledge, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail. These are skills that women possess and excel at.
Women in manufacturing are making an impact in many ways. They are bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the industry, which is leading to new products and processes. Women are also taking on leadership roles in manufacturing companies, and they are helping to create more inclusive workplaces that value diversity and promote equality.
One of the challenges that women in manufacturing face is the lack of representation in the industry. This lack of representation can make it harder for women to advance in their careers, and it can also make them feel isolated in the workplace.
To address this issue, many organisations are working to promote women in manufacturing. These initiatives include mentorship programs, leadership training, and networking events. By providing support and resources for women in manufacturing, organisations are helping to create a more inclusive and diverse industry.
The State of Queensland (Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water) reports that, Queensland manufacturers are recognising that increased diversity boosts productivity, fosters a more creative environment, and can improve morale and employee retention.
It further reports that, the its Women in Manufacturing Strategy will attract and retain women in the industry, with particular focus on increasing participation in traditionally male dominated roles.
The Strategy will achieve this through four priorities:
- Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the manufacturing industry.
- Building on our existing capabilities and skills to further women’s leadership and development.
- Boosting women’s participation in VET, building the STEM pipeline and promoting advanced manufacturing capabilities throughout secondary and tertiary studies.
- Celebrating and showcasing the women in Queensland’s manufacturing industry
Richard Parker, General Manager of TEi Services and a Sarina Russo Apprenticeships employer, has recently joined the Manufacturing Ministerial Council Sub-Group for Women to assist the development of the Women in Manufacturing Strategy.
“It is important that men step up beside women, to enact change. Gender inequality is a business, economic, social and human rights issue. We need to increase the representation of women in the workplace and develop the conditions and cultures that enable them to thrive" says Richard.
Read the Women in manufacturing strategy 2023. Go to Page 19 for more information about TEi Services.
In conclusion, women are making significant contributions to the manufacturing industry, and they are helping to shape its future. By promoting diversity and inclusion in manufacturing, we can create a more innovative and successful industry that benefits everyone. It is essential to recognize the achievements of women in manufacturing and to continue to support and empower them as they pursue their careers in this exciting field.
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