The boss of internationally renowned engineering company, CMG Technologies, wants to see more women in the industry to mark International Women in Engineering Day (23 June).
Rachel Garrett often notices she is only woman at industry meetings, but she wants other females to recognise the opportunities in the sector.
While data from EngineeringUK shows the percentage of women in engineering increased from 10.5% in 2010 to 16.5% in 2021, the industry is still heavily male-dominated.
Rachel said: “It’s good to know there has been an increase but I’d like to see a lot more. There is certainly a focus on encouraging more women to join the sector, and that’s great.
“There is a wealth of opportunities across the sector, and I hate the thought of talented individuals missing out because they think the industry isn’t for them – it’s for everyone.
“Engineering has the ability to change the world and it’s incredible to be a part of that. I strongly encourage women and girls to explore the opportunities available in the sector.”
Rachel worked in the factory of then Egide UK while she was at university, gaining an understanding of the manufacturing process.
She later joined the company in a sales and marketing role before working her way up and completing a management buyout in 2013, trading as CMG Technologies.
Since then, Rachel has been instrumental in boosting profits, implementing a four-day work week and winning awards for innovation and wellbeing.
She has also been named in the Timewise Power List, a collection of the UK’s most successful people working part-time hours.
Rachel added: “The opportunities in engineering are incredibly vast, from practical factory-based roles to marketing, admin and more. There really is something for everyone.
“It’s important to find a career you love, as I’m fortunate to have done for myself. The best way to see if engineering is for you is research – there are numerous trade days targeting students across all areas of engineering which provide a great insight into the sector, and don’t be afraid to contact companies directly for a chat.”
To find out more about the company, please visit www.cmgtechnologies.co.uk.