International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 23 is a momentous occasion that allows KMF to celebrate and honour the incredible contributions of women in our business. It is a day to acknowledge their achievements, recognise their talent and highlight the importance of gender diversity and inclusion within engineering. The day also reminds us of the importance of empowering women within our organisation. It's an opportunity to reflect on the support and opportunities provided to our employees, ensuring they have equal access to resources, support, and career progression. By fostering an inclusive work environment that values and promotes gender diversity, we empower women to thrive and reach their full potential.
We have 45 women in our team at KMF who have all played a pivotal role in shaping our success, working across all departments, from customer services, machine operators, mechanical and electrical assembly, senior team members and team leaders. Each woman is an invaluable asset to the team and brings their own set of expertise, skills, and dedication to their job role. We wouldn't be the business we are today without the hard-working women at KMF.
Meet Alyce Moore (left) and Anne Simpson (right), who work on the main site in mechanical assembly and have been with us for over eight months. Previously Allyce came from a predominately female working environment, so engineering was a significant change.
Allyce said: "I found the transition to a mostly male working environment fine; this is my first job within the engineering sector, and I have found it very easy to fit in. All the men are there to help when needed."
Meet the female members from our Specialised Products team (left to right) Lynn Meir, Jessica Parker, Andrea Cooper, Jo Carter, Sharon Fox, Debra Grice, Ann Crabtree, Melissa Walker, and Phoebe Lamb.
We spoke to Jessica Parker who is a huge advocate of inspiring women and has had first hand experience of being turned away from previous jobs due to her gender.
Jess said: "I have always worked in mechanical engineering. At KMF, I feel empowered, and I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Working in a predominantly male working environment at KMF is no different than working with women. Everyone is so open-minded. Men and women are treated equally. I feel supported as a woman at KMF, and we always receive the same opportunities as men."
As we celebrate INWED 23, we take pride in recognising and empowering women at KMF. We welcome women with open arms and treat them no differently than men. Their contributions, achievements, and talents have been instrumental in our success. Together we can create a more diverse and equitable workplace.