Embracing equity in the workplace with career development
Luxfer Gas Cylinders holds personal development as one of their key organisational values and this is reflected globally. Office and professional staff members are supported with personal and career growth plans reviewed regularly throughout the year. Staff under skills matrix employment are also provided with regular appraisals and supported with training and development.
Lucy: “In Nottingham we have a local leaders team, which is made up of department heads and individuals in the business. As a member of this team, I feel that Luxfer Gas Cylinders recognises talent and performance, irrespective of gender, and they demonstrate this through growth and development opportunities.”
Emily: “I think it’s just a given that, regardless of your gender, your development opportunities are the same. That's certainly how I've always felt at this company. Every predecessor in my sales and operations role has been male, as far as I'm aware, but I don’t think this matters – the focus is on your skills and willingness to learn”.
Grace: “At Luxfer Gas Cylinders it’s good to see that females are being recognised for their contribution and promoted within the organisation. And it’s nice to have more people on the management team that are female”
Mikayla: “I’ve come a long way, career-wise, after only seven months at Luxfer. It’s such a welcoming environment – I can openly express my opinions and share ideas for improvements, and I believe the team really listens.”
Embracing equity in the industry with STEM education
As leaders in the gas storage industry, Luxfer Gas Cylinders aims to develop a diverse and talented workforce, along with enhancing employment and recruitment practices to provide the most inclusive work environment possible. One of the key challenges faced across the engineering and manufacturing sector, is the limited diversity of the talent pool due to the traditional view of it being a male-dominant industry. Through STEM education, evolving female leaders in the industry and a consistent focus on diversity, we can grow and develop the talent pool.
Mikayla: “There’s a very strong sentiment that Luxfer wants to continue to develop the industry and that’s evidenced by the team working closely with schools to educate children on how rewarding STEM careers can be.
“In Calgary we have a team that volunteers at the Women in Need Society (WINS) too, which helps women get back on their feet by providing basic needs and resources, such as clothing for job interviews.”
Lucy: “There is definitely the external environment to consider. Even though statistics show limited females across STEM careers, I’ve found that Luxfer specifically is really future focussed and positive, and they will support you to build your career in the direction you want it to go.
“Generally, leadership in the gas industry is male dominated, but if we have more women advancing into the most senior roles, such as the CEOs of Hydrogen UK, UKHFCA and the BCGA, there will be a trickledown effect on individual companies.”
Grace: “In Canada, at our sister factory, my female colleague has been promoted recently, and there is a push for females into technical roles, which is good. For me, visibility is a huge thing. If you see people doing the job you think you want to do, it will help people consider it as a career path.
“A lot has changed since I was at school, when there were generally more males than females in my physics classes. In my school Engineering wasn’t really talked about as a possible career path; I only considered it because my dad was an engineer."
"There is currently a shortage of engineers. Which means if you're interested in maths and science you might be encouraged to consider engineering, regardless of your gender, and that’s really important.”
Emily: “I studied maths at university and there were more females on my course than males. And it was the same at sixth form when I was studying A Levels - my entire maths class was female, there wasn't a single male.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have landed where I am because I came out of university without a career focus, until I found myself in this particular job, where I get to learn about all areas of the business. The opportunities are limitless.”