Key industry figures are backing efforts to develop a diverse workforce in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heap pump sector.
The Institute of Refrigeration’s Women in RACHP network is hosting an event in Milton Keynes on 14 March, with a series of speakers ready to share their knowledge and experience.
Speakers include Jane Gartshore, co-owner of training company and consultancy Cool Concerns, a former IOR President who was included in the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’ list as part of National Women in Engineering Day in 2016.
Also speaking is Lisa Pogson, Joint Managing Director of Yorkshire-based Airmaster Air Conditioning, and Ian Fisher, Business Development Manager at Airmaster.
Shelley Bowdery, formerly head of maths and science at a college in Reading, will look at ways to encourage more young women to consider a career in engineering and a number of head teachers have been invited along to hear what the industry has to offer. There are also plans to visit local schools and host an open day for young people.
Samantha Buckell said: “It’s great that people from around the country are taking the time out to share their knowledge and experiences of what is happening in the industry. It’s important that we explore how we can appeal to a diverse workforce for the future.’’
The event is at Bitzer UK in Milton Keynes on 14 March. It starts at 8.30am with breakfast and networking and will close after coffee at 11.30am.
Anyone interested in attending should register on the events section of the IOR website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 01908 622100.
Chair, Women in RACHP
The event is about bringing people together from the industry to hear about two main things:
Joint Managing Director, Airmaster
Airmaster was a ‘one man band’ 25 years ago. It is now a team of 40 and turnover of £10 million. Growth came through commitment to customer relationships and investing in staff with training and support. They are passionate about what they do, delivering on time, on budget, delighting customers. Lisa Pogson works with local educators at all levels to promote the industry and will share the Airmaster story.
Former head of maths and science at St Joseph’s College, Reading
I am recently retired, after 35 years as a teacher of science and latterly Head of Faculty for Maths and Science at St Joseph’s College in Reading, which was named the TES Independent School of the Year, 2015. I have always been passionate to provide quality, enthusiastic, female candidates to apply for university STEM subjects.
Business Development Manager, Intregral
It is important that enthused men and women come together to share ideas, knowledge and experience within the RACHP sector. We have the resources among us to also encourage and involve newcomers regardless of their desired discipline. I look forward to sharing what Integral and I are doing too to promote RACHP and engineering.
Chief Executive, Institute of Refrigeration
The IOR is proud to support this networking event that confirms the practical commitment of this industry to encouraging diversity. As a woman working in the RACHP industry myself I know what a fascinating sector it is to work in and events like this help to spread the word.
Managing Director, Bitzer UK
We hope that the event will not only inspire people but will be beneficial for all in regards to the future of the industry. I hope to see as many people as possible attending. Latest figures show that only 8.57 per cent of engineers in the UK are women. To create an even more effective diverse workforce we need to concentrate on what we can do to help to improve this figure. It will be of great interest to see what is already being done around the country and to build on this. However I must stress that this event is open to both men and women!