To mark International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2017, Derby-based composites manufacturer Pentaxia will be launching a social media campaign, titled #GoForIt, to help encourage girls and women to pursue careers in engineering.
Project engineer Grace Atkinson, design engineer Kenzie Myers and composite laminator Maria Parkes have pioneered the campaign and will be showcasing their career highlights and sharing their advice in blogs and on Twitter throughout International Women in Engineering Day.
Organised by the Women’s Engineering Society, 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.
“I have been fortunate to have worked with some unbelievably talented and knowledgeable people throughout my career so far,” explained Grace, “and I’m keen to encourage other young people to take up a career in engineering. As more engineering companies, like Pentaxia, offer in-house and external training, development support and flexible working, this is a career which can really help you fulfil your potential and create some really cool stuff!”
Since joining Pentaxia eight months ago, Grace has joined the management team, with responsibility for a team of engineers and more recently business development. Leading a highly skilled team which includes a number of female engineers, Grace is keen to see more women embrace the opportunities that an engineering career can provide. “I think schools and colleges are doing all they can to encourage and support children to study or work in science, technology and engineering.”
“There’s lots to inspire young women - and men - to pursue their interests, for example, we have the Big Bang Fair in Derby next week, which Pentaxia will be attending, so as employers, we need to use these chances to engage and encourage the next generation. The jobs are here - and as this is a growing industry - there’s so much opportunity to climb the ladder and be successful.”
Pentaxia specialises in composites which are used in the motorsport and aerospace sectors. It currently employs more than 90 staff and is set to expand further, with more than 20 new jobs in the pipeline, and a move to 70,000 ft2 of new manufacturing and high-quality office space later this year. With growth of more than 60 per cent during the past twelve months, Pentaxia has seen a rapid increase in demand for lightweight, high performance components from its blue-chip customers in the aerospace, automotive and motorsport industries.
You can follow Pentaxia on Twitter on @PentaxiaComps.