“There is so much opportunity for women in manufacturing”.
That’s the message from delighted Miss Wales hopeful and Sony UK Technology Centre employee Hannah Williams.
The 23-year-old sourcing officer, based at the specialist Pencoed manufacturing facility, has been selected as a finalist in this year’s prestigious pageantry competition.
But the Cardiff University graduate isn’t taking the opportunity lightly.
She is using her time to speak out about the thriving opportunities for women in engineering and manufacturing professions in Wales.
Miss Williams felt compelled to support the industry after graduating with a business management degree from Cardiff University and entering the medical manufacturing sector before joining Sony UK TEC.
As a vital member of the manufacturing facility, Miss Williams helps to support the production of thousands of HD broadcast and professional cameras for global distribution.
She is now hoping that other women will follow in her footsteps and consider a “rewarding” career in manufacturing and engineering.
The Pencoed resident said: “Many women may not even think about a career in manufacturing.
“Luckily I have always been influenced by my family’s roles within different business areas. They previously worked in manufacturing in Wales and this is something that I’ve grown up with.
“Since I have been working in industry and manufacturing I have noticed that although sectors are trying to diversify, it is still proving difficult to attract young women in to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) professions, therefore the female talent that has reached the senior levels are much fewer.
“I believe there is so much opportunity for more young people to join our industry; I have learnt so many skills, and the innovations you get to be a part of are really exciting and rewarding.”
The Business Management graduate is among just nine per cent of women who make up the engineering workforce across the UK.
According to statistics from Women’s Engineering Society (Wes) the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals throughout Europe.
As a progressive facility Sony UK TEC has led the way in promoting gender diversity among its workforce, with almost 40 per cent of its workforce made up of women.
The centre is renowned for its innovative approach to business always striving to be at the forefront of progression in the manufacturing industry.
Sony UK TEC director of professional services Gerald Kelly said: “We are delighted to fully support Hannah in her bid to become Miss Wales.
“We applaud her decision to use the platform to raise funds for charitable causes across Wales and to highlight the benefits of Stem and engineering careers for women.
“Manufacturing is a highly rewarding industry which can lead to a diverse range of career paths for our skilled workforce.
“We wish Hannah every success and look forward to supporting her as the competition progresses.”
Throughout the competition Miss Williams will also be supporting the Beauty With A Purpose initiative, which fundraises for disadvantaged children, and aids charities in more than 100 countries.
Miss Williams will then be heading to the final of the Miss Wales competition on April 8 in Newport.