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International Women's Day 2018

Eleanor Hubble
24 May 2018

Wall of Women

International Women’s Day 2018 on March 8th celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. The themes of IWD, as well as the #PressForProgress and #BeBoldForChange movements are set to continue, and it was with this in mind that we chose to publish a piece focusing on our female participants- how do we make our courses accessible to women, and how have women have benefitted from studying with us?

METaL are part of Swansea University’s College of Engineering, and for this year’s International Women’s Day the College created a ‘Wall of Women’. The wall (as pictured) included a photograph and a short biography of some of the brilliant women working within the College, both students and staff.

As a European Social Fund supported project, the METaL Project have a responsibility to consider the gender of our participants, alongside other protected characteristics, when designing our courses and offering support to attendees. Promoting gender equality is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010, but it’s also a regulatory requirement under Structural Fund Regulations. 

METaL believe there shouldn’t be any barriers to our training, and as such we offer as much flexibility as possible. Our courses are short (three days consecutively or spread over three weeks), and all our course material is available both in hard copy and digitally. We offer as much assistance to participants as we can, from revision sessions to email/telephone support from lecturers.

A great example of a female participant benefitting from the METaL Project is Tata Steel employee Tracey Smith:

“I started work with the British Steel Corporation in September 1982 as a Quality Control Apprentice. Following several company changes and roles within the Technical Organisation I have been working as a Customer Technical Support Engineer for the last 15 years.”

“The role co-ordinates technical partnership activities between Tata Steel Strip Products and the customer. In particular advising and agreeing with customers on product performance, specifications and suitability for the required application.”

“Assessing customer complaints and reviewing the effectiveness of countermeasures is a key part of my role. Over the past 5 years I have experienced several major rust spot issues affecting Cold Rolled dry coil supply into my Drum Customers. Even though I have good knowledge and experience, the METal 'Corrosion and Coatings Technology' course had the right criteria to give me a better overview to establish why and how steel corrodes, as well as prevention and protection techniques.”

“The three day course was enjoyable and informative. Hard copies of the notes were provided, but having the information and revision details on-line was excellent, and helped me pass the course. The experience I have gained will help me monitor containment activities and support manufacturing so there are no major rust issues in future, which should delight of our Drum Customers.”

METaL are looking forward to working with more and more female participants over the next four years of the project.

For more on how Swansea University celebrated IWD 2018, click here.