Congratulations to our member, MJM Marine who have more than doubled their female workforce in just under 2 years and been awarded the Bronze Mark by Diversity Mark NI for promoting diversity and inclusion within their own workforce and across the wider construction industry.
Diversity Mark NI is Northern Ireland’s only independent, not-for-profit organisation enabling companies to achieve a Charter Mark to support their commitment to diversity & inclusion. The Bronze Mark focuses on Gender Diversity and paves the way for companies to embrace broader diversity and inclusivity through Silver and Gold Marks.
Speaking about the decision to sign up to the Diversity Charter, HR & Legal Director at MJM Marine, Elizabeth O’Connor explained:
“MJM Marine operates in the construction industry which historically has been a male-dominated industry. Our initial priority in signing up to the Diversity Mark is to work towards a positive gender balance in our own company and in the wider industry.”
“We have been working hard over the past number of years to attract more women to MJM Marine and I am delighted that our efforts are proving successful.”
Naoimh McConville, Director, MJM Marine added:
“The Diversity Mark reflects MJM Marine’s commitment to diversity and our drive to bring more women into the construction industry. We have more than doubled the number of female employees in the past two years. What is particularly pleasing is that we are bringing more women into our traditionally male-dominated departments.”
“For example, two years ago, we had two female Quantity Surveyors (QS) in MJM Marine. Now women represent 30% of our QS Department. Similarly, we now have women in Design, Health & Safety and Logistics and we were absolutely delighted to welcome our first ever female apprentice this year. Cara Duncan has joined our Apprenticeship Programme in ‘Furniture Making and Specialist Joinery’ and is now working in the heart of our production floor.”
Due to sustained growth, MJM Marine has been on an extensive recruitment drive over the past 12 months and Elizabeth O’Connor added:
“31% of our new employees in 2019 were women and we are making strides in addressing an historic gender imbalance and we hope that our actions will help drive change across the industry.”
MJM Marine celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting an Afternoon Tea for almost 70 women who currently for the company and Naoimh added:
“As a world leader in marine outfitting, our work takes us across the world. We currently have a number of exciting roles within MJM Marine which we are looking to fill. Every position will be filled on merit but we would love to hear from more females who want to work for a world leader in global marine outfitting.”