Women in Engineering
Jungheinrich Employees

Women in Business

At Jungheinrich UK Ltd we are proud to support a diverse culture within our business and in turn, we are celebrating the successes of some of our female employees.

Women are severely underrepresented in the UK engineering sector. Historically making up just 11% of the workforce, this has started to change as more and more women take up core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) GCSE subjects. 

Jungheinrich UK is dedicated to bolstering this trend by attracting more women into the field of engineering. By opening up career pathways for women through development and apprenticeship programmes across our business, we're keen to promote a different vision for an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated.  

To that end, we’re showcasing some of the stories from our female colleagues around the business.

Hannah P. - Forklift Truck Engineer

Biography

I’m 22 years old, from Liverpool and have been working as an apprentice for Jungheinrich since 2015. I have always been interested in figuring out how things work and love learning new things.  I have played guitar for 15 years and before starting as an apprentice at Jungheinrich  I studied a music engineering course, but I prefer to keep music as a hobby. Outside of work, I enjoy going to kickboxing and other various classes at the gym.

What made you choose a career within the engineering sector?

Tell us about why you picked the role you did, what were your concerns at the time?

I have always had a strong interest in fixing things, taking them apart and putting them back together. When I saw the advert for the apprenticeship with Jungheinrich, it was exactly what I had been looking for. I had no previous experience within the engineering sector before, so was concerned I wouldn’t be qualified enough for the job, but I got the job and haven’t looked back!

What made you overcome barriers to applying?

I thought I should just apply and see what happened as I didn’t have the job anyway so I had nothing to lose. It was definitely the right decision!

What appealed to you the most within the engineering role?

I like taking things to bits and finding out how they work so to be able to do this on a much bigger scale really appealed to me. Jungheinrich has everything I wanted to work on; engines and electrics so it was definitely too good of an opportunity to miss.

Why do you think you chose to maintain this career path so far to date?

When I first started my apprenticeship,  I thought it would be a while until I got to do anything, but from the first day I was allowed to work on jobs which was fantastic. I work alongside a mentor who makes each day different and fun but has taught me an unbelievable amount, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Seeing myself grow in confidence and skills gives such a high level of satisfaction, and I can’t wait to carry on learning and improving over my career with Jungheinrich.

Within your engineering role, what motivates you?

What really inspires you each day? What makes you leave work knowing you have done a good job?

It is important to me that the customer is happy. In the workshop, big jobs arrive which cannot be carried out by the service team and it’s good to be a part of the team who can do these repairs. Working as part of a successful team of great engineers motivates me, and when the job is finished, it feels good to know the customer is going to have their truck back and running!

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I like that each day is different, I have learnt an unbelievable amount in such a short time.

What can be the challenges of your role?

Sometimes it can be a rush to meet the repair times to ensure the trucks make their transport to the customer.

How do you overcome them?

Work as hard as possible! There is always a way to fix a problem.

What could you say about your career and role that would inspire any women thinking of a role in engineering?

Definitely go for it! More women are definitely getting into engineering now and I think it’s great. If engineering is what you want to do then nothing should stop you.

What are your aspirations for the future?

 I can’t wait to be a qualified engineer with Jungheinrich. I would love to one day work abroad with Jungheinrich and eventually go into training so I can give the next generation of engineers the fantastic start that I had!


Hannah B. - Field Service Engineer

Biography

After finishing my GCSE’s I studied public services at Warwickshire College but soon realised that this was not inspiring me enough. Out of work I was a keen motorcycle racer and always knew the importance of having a reliable Bike to help me be successful. Whilst working on my bike with my father I learned a lot but knew there was so much more and consequently I decided that engineering and maintenance was a field I wished to pursue.
After 12 months completing a foundation mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Caterpillar I successfully applied for an Apprenticeship with Jungheinrich.
When I applied for Jungheinrich it was clear that if I was successful in the interview I would be their first female engineer. This made me more determined to succeed in the interview and be able to prove that women can do it too.
From the outset I was placed in a large distribution warehouse working with a great team who allowed me to grow into the role and taught me everything that I needed to know to support my ambition of becoming a field service engineer – it’s surprising how much I learned so quickly.
I traveled for my Studies between Bristol and most recently North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and successfully passed all my exams in 2016 where I then started a role within the field service team. 

What made you choose a career within the engineering sector?

Tell us about why you picked the role you did, what were your concerns at the time?

I wanted a variety in the work I did and was worried that working with forklifts would not allow me that – I was wrong as the variety in electrical and mechanical challenges is huge

What made you overcome barriers to applying?

Jungheinrich are a strong organisation with a worldwide brand image that promotes quality and provides good training to deal with its diverse range of products. 

What appealed to you the most within the engineering role?

To be able to investigate and fix problems and understand how things work in more detail. Being hands on was the way forward for myself. 

Why do you think you chose to maintain this career path so far to date?

The challenges and variety of the daily work keep me motivated 

Within your engineering role, what motivates you?

What really inspires you each day? What makes you leave work knowing you have done a good job?

Turning up to service trucks and keep customers on track is good but to be able to resolve a problem and get customers up and running again is a real achievement. 

Why do you feel more women should choose a career within engineering roles?

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I like the fact that there is always something different to do. You learn new things every day and it is always a learning curve within the engineering role.  

What can be the challenges of your role?

Every job has its own challenges but I find that within my job role it is making sure trucks are functional so the operation can keep going.  

How do you overcome them?

Keep calm and believe in yourself. Always be honest to yourself and the customer with what is happening. 

What could you say about your career and role that would inspire any women thinking of a role in engineering?

It is a good career within engineering. Things are always developing and you are always learning. I’d say to most women that are undecided on a career path to give it ago and with an apprenticeship you are earning whilst learning.  There are lots of roles within engineering you can do from Mechanical, civil, electrical and more. 

What are your aspirations for the future?

After completing my apprenticeship, I have been working as a field service engineer which now inspires me get other women involved in engineering.  
Following on from my role as a field service engineer I aspire to work myself up to a manager within the engineering sector.

Emily Croxford - Learning and Development Practitioner Apprentice

What made you choose a career within the intralogistics sector?

I didn’t choose a career in intralogistics on purpose, I fell into it by luck. I have had a connection in the company for the past few years and I have always been interested in their job role and the company ethos. Luckily when I saw a position going that I felt comfortable to apply for, I went for it! 

Were there any barriers to applying?

Prior to applying, I was working in an insurance company. I was very hesitant at first, hoping that I wasn’t going to make a mistake by completely changing my career path. I had grounded myself so well in a company over the duration of only three years, and I was very comfortable with where I was and what I was doing each day.  However, I felt like I was ready for the challenge and something completely new. 

Why do you think you chose to maintain this career path so far to date?

I have enjoyed every second working at Jungheinrich, I have been challenged with new tasks each day and have been given the responsibility to manage projects. Not only this, I have been lucky to be able to travel the country and even to Germany with work, which is something that I have always wanted from a career. 

Within your role, what motivates you?

Getting a task done really well, to the best I can. 

What really inspires you each day?

My Manager inspires me every day, her professionalism with other staff members and how she tackles difficult situations is something that definitely inspires me, especially as a young woman herself. 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

My job role is very people-orientated and every day can be different. I really enjoy building strong relationships with people at work, whether thats internal staff or external stakeholders such as Training Providers. Working in intralogistics I have had the privilege of meeting so many different people, from all over the business, each with different skills and stories to tell. 

What challenges do you face in your role?

The main challenge is the variety, from Apprenticeship schemes to existing workforce development programs, no two things are the same. As L&D is both vast and varied, each day can be different. This has made it challenging as I have had to get to know all the different areas of the business.  

How do you overcome them?

Trying to stay resilient through any challenges I have faced and will come up against in the future. My aim is to try and excel with a smile and a positive attitude. But also, not being too afraid to ask for guidance where needed as an outside perspective can sometimes see clearer than your own.  

What could you say about your career that would inspire any women thinking of a role in this sector?

Just to go for it! You will never know how interesting and exciting a new job role or career path could be unless you apply, and there is nothing worse than sitting back thinking ‘what if’… 

What are your aspirations for the future?

I aim to pass my Apprenticeship to the best of my ability and to thrive in my job role at Jungheinrich, with the hope to progress up the career ladder in the future.


Louise Chappell - Level 3 Credit Control Apprentice

What made you choose a career within the intralogistics sector?

I worked full time for a powered access and hire company as an Accounts Administrator in the intralogistics sector and wanted to further my career in finance. Last summer I was offered a great opportunity to join Jungheinrich.

Were there any barriers to applying?

When I applied for the job role, I was unsure if I had enough experience, but I thought to myself anything can happen and the worst answer would only be no. When I attended my interview, everyone was very welcoming and friendly. When quizzed about past experiences and credit control, I surprised myself and knew more than I thought. I learnt to never doubt myself and was excited to start a new challenge.

Why do you think you chose to maintain this career path so far to date?

From day one I have enjoyed working at Jungheinrich, I have learnt a lot in such a short space of time. Every day there is always a new challenge. 

Within your role, what motivates you?

Collecting overdue payments and helping the customers where possible if there are any issues with invoices or payments. 

What really inspires you each day?

The professionalism of other staff members. They are always happy to help and advise you in difficult situations.  

What do you enjoy most about your role?

There is never a day when there is nothing to do, I am always kept busy with new challenges to face. Being on the apprenticeship scheme has helped me further my knowledge in this sector with the help of everyone at Jungheinrich. 

What challenges do you face in your role?

My main challenge is keeping all customer accounts up to date while making sure payments are on time and resolving disputes in a timely manner. 

How do you overcome them?

Keep Smiling! Not everything goes smoothly, ask for help and advice on other ways to approach and resolve a situation. Never get put off by asking loads of questions as that’s the only way you will learn anything new. 

What could you say about your career that would inspire any women thinking of a role in this sector?

Overcome the barrier of if you should? Or could you? I didn’t think I would be where I am today if I can do it anyone can!  

What are your aspirations for the future?

My current goal is to achieve my Level 3 CICM in Credit Control. Long term I would like to work my way up in the Credit Control Department and further my qualification.
 

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