5 minutes with… Anita Maddock, Production Team Northwich
With the focus in the Construction industry being on encouraging greater diversity, and especially on attracting more women, we spent 5 minutes with Anita Maddock, Production Team, Northwich, to find out what it’s like being female in our industry.
How long have you been working at Anderton Concrete, Anita?
I have been working at Anderton in Northwich for 16 years now.
Can you give a brief overview of your time here to date?
When I started first I was cutting mats. These are steel mesh mats that we cut to size to reinforce each product. I was also working on the test cube, a machine we use to test sample pieces of the products we make for the desired strength and quality. I have since taken over steel production and I have been trained on Panel Entry which means I am a safe first response to an electrical trip-out on a machine.
What’s it like working in such a male-dominated industry?
It’s okay really; it was a bit awkward at first but after a few weeks’ things settled down and I have had no issues and really enjoy what I do.
What do you think could be done to encourage more women into the industry?
With technology some of the heavy lifting jobs are not an issue anymore. Also, I think there are a lot of opportunities for women to join this industry now in all sorts of different roles. It’s a good industry to progress a career not only in production but also in roles relating to engineering and more technical roles too.
What do you like most about working here?
I enjoy what I do, I like the people and in my role my hours are flexible so it suits my home life as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us, Anita and all the best!