Fibrus pledges 50/50 recruitment as part of new gender workplace initiatives

Gabriella McNulty, one of Fibrus' key HSEQ advisers on the ground

BROADBAND provider Fibrus has used International Women's Day to reveal changes to its workplace policy in an effort to attract more females into the significantly male-dominated sector.

And the company, which now has a workforce of more than 250, is pledging that half of all new recruits will be women by 2028.

As well as introducing extensive maternal and women specific support measures, Fibrus is accelerating its outreach programmes to educate more young women about careers in fibre engineering and proactively targeting female ‘returners' who are looking to get back to the workplace.

The Fibrus team is currently made up of less than 20 per cent of women, working across areas such as finance, construction, sales and HR.

A variety of live recruitment opportunities are available so as many women as possible are encouraged to apply, with full training and support offered for a number of roles.

Gillian McCarter, head of HR operations at Fibrus said: “Fibre is an exciting industry which is growing in size and scale, and there are so many benefits the sector can bring for local people, not just in terms of the services it provides but also the career prospects it creates.

“Engineering may have been seen as predominantly male in the past, but we want to break the bias and ensure women are given an equal chance - or better yet, a helping hand - to avail of these opportunities.

“Our efforts to recruit more women will start at a grassroots level, engaging with schools and colleges to promote the opportunities for girls to get involved in fibre engineering and other associated careers.

“We also want to reach women who are seeking a return to work, perhaps after a career break or time off to raise a young family. We have a supportive workplace culture at Fibrus, so anyone with a position on our team can thrive and grow - just like many of our senior female leaders have already.”

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