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Konecranes Demag UK partners with WES

27 August 2019

Lifting equipment manufacturer and service provider, Konecranes Demag UK, has reaffirmed its commitment to providing equal employment opportunities by entering into partnership with WES, a charity and professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists.

The move is consistent with the company’s objective of promoting the engineering sector to women and recruiting female employees to establish a more diverse workforce. Konecranes Demag is taking an active role within the WES, attending the organisation’s events and adopting best practice procedures. The company will also advertise technical vacancies on the WES website, job boards and newsletters to make job opportunities more accessible to female engineers.  

Working in partnership with industry, WES supports and inspires women to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and as leaders. It encourages engineering education and training to help companies meet their gender diversity and inclusion objectives.

Konecranes UK HR director, Karen Winfield, states: “This is an issue about which I am passionate and I am delighted that Konecranes Demag is working with the WES to inspire and support women in engineering careers. Attracting women to technical roles is a challenge faced by many engineering companies. Our partnership with WES fits in with our global diversity programme and will enable us to encourage more women to join Konecranes Demag and the engineering sector at large. I am very excited about the community we are building and hope that it will inspire more women to join us.”

Mark Goringe, Industrial Service Director UK EMEA Mid-West, adds: “Our Industrial Service business is focused on profitable growth. To achieve this goal we need to attract and recruit the right people from across the engineering community. Our aim is to deliver world class service through our proactive and consultative customer approach. Our success depends not only on our world-class products and tools but on further developing our diverse and inclusive workplace. We have many available service roles within the business, which historically have been predominantly filled by men. Our partnership with the WES is an important part of our recruitment strategy to reach out to women within the engineering community to promote and fill the available roles which are open within Konecranes Demag.”