Tenaris and Algoma Steel facilities in Sault Ste. As part of a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative to encourage more women to pursue careers in manufacturing, Marie, Ontario opened their doors today to one hundred young female students.
Even though there are many different career paths in manufacturing, there is still a gender gap: only 29% of manufacturing workers are women. Open door tours demonstrate to young women that they have a place in the industry and inspire them.
Students were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at advanced manufacturing during the tours of Algoma Steel’s and Tenaris’ facilities and learn more about the manufacturing process right here in Ontario. Additionally, manufacturing workers spoke directly to students about their varied experiences.
The tour’s goal was to ensure that female students are encouraged to pursue careers in STEM and manufacturing. CME’s Women in Manufacturing Initiative, which aims to increase female representation in manufacturing by 100,000 by 2030, relies heavily on youth engagement.
“Fabricating is a different, energizing and compensating vocation way, yet we realize that young ladies are not generally mindful of the open doors accessible to them,” said Dennis Darby, President and Chief of CME. ” Open entryway visits are an extraordinary way to grandstand the business and move the up and coming age of assembling pioneers.”
“This is an extraordinary drive to carry youthful experts to our office to observe fabricating in real life, see the gear, cycles and advancements utilized and perceive how our capable group unites this at Tenaris,” said Angela Cruickshank, HR Ranking executive at Tenaris. ” We have a talented team of women working in a variety of roles at Tenaris, as the students witnessed today, and there is room for more. Tenaris is something we encourage students to think about in the future.
We are pleased to introduce these young women to the exciting steel careers that lie ahead of them and welcome them to Algoma. According to Danielle Baker, Chief Human Resource Officer of Algoma Steel Inc., “This was a unique opportunity for our young female students to gain a better understanding of manufacturing. There are no limits, only opportunities.” “Whether in a skilled trade, finance, engineering, or quality control, there are no limits, only opportunities.” Algoma District School Board Chair Jennifer Sarlo stated, “As a Board, we seek opportunities that can spark diverse interests in students and introduce them to potential pathways to employment after graduation.” These opportunities can’t be provided without partners like Tenaris and Algoma Steel, who can introduce our students and their families to manufacturing and skilled trades through innovative programs and outreach.
All manufacturers in Canada are urged by CME to think about taking part in open door tours and to get in touch with CME to learn more about this important initiative.