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Women in the packaging industry


Women in the packaging industry

Manufacturing is a career choice that may not even cross the majority of women’s minds when looking for work or choosing a career path, let alone joining the printing and packaging sectors.

Women can bring drive, inspirational ideas and leadership to manufacturing organisations and despite the idea of joining a male dominated industry sounding daunting, many women are entering manufacturing companies in the U.K today and need support and assistance to enhance their careers.

That’s where the ‘Women in Packaging U.K’ initiative comes in.

Women in Packaging U.K, a group to connect, support and recognise female employees in the UK packaging industry, aims to attract and retain women to the sector while providing further education. Founders of the group, Joanna Stephenson and Debbie Waldron-Hoines, organise networking events for the females in the sector to deliver a “Connect, Celebrate and Keep” agenda with the overall aim of promoting the industry as well as the important contribution women make to the success of the industry.

Initiatives like Women in Packaging U.K, help to encourage modern day companies to help female employees, both current and potential, grow interest in business, finance, sciences or engineering, harnessing women’s skills and promoting board-level representation.

Some may hesitate at the thought of hiring a woman over a man due to the fact that they may need to take maternity leave or to one day become part time. However, it is increasingly important to recognise the demands in modern life, women may have children, but women may also want have a flourishing career.

Women in Packaging recognise that within the print and packaging industries there is a broad female representation in traditional roles such as HR, Customer Service, Marketing and Design but less so in the established management, manufacturing, technical and innovation roles, as well as general leadership roles. 

The world is progressing and previous problems such as the pay gap and gender equality rights are being overcome – slowly but surely. It is time to increase our confidence as women in whatever industry that may be.