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Forterra plant manager encourages women

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World Cement,

Forterra’s first ever Plant Manager has encouraged women to consider careers in manufacturing ahead of International Women’s Day. Sharon Harris oversees the production of an industry-leading range of construction products at Forterra’s aircrete block production facility at Hams Hall in Coleshill.

Harris rose to become the company’s first ever female manager in July 2018, after being promoted from her former role as Head of HR. She oversees more than 100 employees in the production of over 8000 m3 of Thermalite, a product that is made exclusively by Forterra and which is one of the more popular aircrete blocks in the UK.

The company has stated that construction manufacturing industries have long been stereotypically viewed as heavily male-dominated. It is committed to encouraging more women to turn to the construction industry and learn more about its various career paths and opportunities. On 4 March, the company launched Bricklaying Forterra Females, the UK’s first all-female bricklaying competition. This was with the aim of raising the profile of women in the construction industry.

“It is great to be operating in a leadership role with Forterra,” said Harris. “I would strongly encourage other women to consider embarking on a career in this industry – as my position demonstrates, there are no limits to what women can achieve in business. From my experience, everyone’s contributions are welcome in this sector, regardless of gender, nationality, age, or background.”

“Manufacturing is traditionally seen as male-dominated, but we anticipate that increasing numbers of women will join the sector,” said Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive. “We hope Sharon’s experience inspires others to explore the opportunities this industry has to offer.”

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