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International Women’s Day: Celebrating our female workforce and women in the motor industry

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Post date: March 7, 2024

To celebrate International Women’s Day today, we’re showcasing some of the brilliant females who work for WSG and highlighting the vital role women play in the wider automotive industry. 

It’s no secret that the motor trade has traditionally been considered a male-dominated sector. Whilst great strides have been made in recent years to recruit more females, women still make up just 19% of the UK’s automotive workforce compared to 51% of non-automotive industries generally.

A 2020 study from Deloitte revealed that 90% of the women and men working in automotive believed that women were under-represented in leadership positions – whilst 57% of women outside the industry had little to no interest in pursuing a career within it.

But times are changing and the automotive world is undergoing an incredible transformation which continues to present countless opportunities for women to build successful careers. With so many sub-sectors and roles to choose from, and some 14,000 new jobs having been created or expected in recent months, there has never been a more exciting time to join the industry.

In this special blog, we shine the spotlight on some of WSG’s female talent and find out why being part of a diverse and inclusive business is crucial to their success.

Steph N, Group Director

“I’ve worked in senior management roles within the automotive industry for over 20 years and it has changed so much in that time. There are now some amazing opportunities for women across the sector spanning technical, creative, sales and everything in-between.

As one of the main board Directors of WSG, I have shared responsibility of steering the company’s direction and making strategic decisions to ensure we remain true to our mission of being the best warranty company in the industry.

One of our goals as a business is to pave the way for more females to join this hugely exciting and rapidly evolving sector. We want to see more women at Board level, more female engineers and technicians, women running their own garages / bodyshops and more women selling vehicles.

WSG is committed to driving gender diversity across all roles and levels. 50% of our management team is female, but we’ve still got a way to go as females make up just 28% of our entire workforce. However, we are aiming to increase this to 40% over the next two years on our journey to achieving a future of equality.”

Lisa C, Group Director

“I’m one of the main board Directors and the Customer Services Director. I’ve worked in various customer service roles across the motor industry for the last 30 years. Customer service to me should be the heart and soul of any company’s ethos and is something myself and our team take great pride in.

It’s incredibly important that the automotive sector does everything it can to recruit more female talent. As a mum of two now adult girls, I’ve always believed in leading by example.

We need more women to serve as positive role models for the younger generation and empower them to continuing challenging outdated attitudes so they can enjoy successful careers.

WSG has so many fantastic female leaders, whether it be leading their teams, leading in their field of expertise or leading the company. I’m proud to be part of a company that truly values women in the workplace.”

Karen H – Claims Administrator

“I joined Warranty Solutions Group in November 2023 and have just passed my 3 months’ probation. So far, so great!

I’m enjoying the routine and structure of my role, and there’s a great camaraderie. It’s brilliant to work for a company that gives women and men alike every opportunity to succeed.”

Charlotte K, Training Manager / Warranty Consultant

“I joined the motor industry in 2021 after ten years working as a Teacher / Head of Sixth Form and haven’t looked back!

My primary role with WSG is Training Manager for our biggest dealer group.  I lead their training across the country to make sure each of their 20+ branches are fully compliant in selling our products and their teams have detailed product knowledge.

I’m also a Warranty Consultant, meaning I consult with dealerships about their warranty needs and help them create solutions.

In the short time I’ve been with WSG, I have felt fully supported and enjoy the flexibility and fresh approach the company offers.

It’s uncommon to see women in the industry so it makes a refreshing change to have such a strong, supportive female team around me. Everyone in the company has so much expertise and are always on hand to share best practises.”

Neve C, Customer Care Champion

“I work in the Leeds office and my primary role is to assist customers by signposting them to information, providing guidance and resolving queries. I’m also responsible for some of the administration work.

I love working at WSG because everyone is so supportive. There’s a lot of room for growth and lots of learning opportunities – I always feel supported in my role and progression.”

Sue M, Warranty Consultant

“I’m one of WSG’s Warranty Consultants for the midlands.

My role is to build and strengthen relationships with our dealer partners and continue to grow our dealer network, as well as providing coaching and training to help them maximise their warranty operations.

I love being a female in this industry as it gives me the opportunity to challenge stereotypes and help to bring about positive change.

50% of motorists are female so surely the target for females working in the industry should be 50%. Only when we meet this figure will we have true diversity and inclusion.

More women in the motor trade will also expand the talent pool, leading to a more inclusive and dynamic industry.”

    SoYoung T, Business Systems Analyst

    “My role is Business Systems Analyst. I work in the IT department where I help to ensure the smooth running of our IT systems. I also test the systems and help to shape their functionality for the various users within the business.

    I have worked in the motor trade for over 5 years. It’s great to be amongst a team of such good people who support me in my professional and private life. Companies I’ve worked for in the past haven’t supported diversity as well as WSG do. We all really appreciate it.”

    Faye R, Credit Controller

    “My role within the company is to ensure dealers pay their invoices within the payment terms. 

    Everyone is really supportive of each other, especially as the finance team often has to work closely together to create new processes and overcome challenges. 

    It’s great to be part of such an exciting, fast-paced and rapidly growing company.”

    Rachel R, Internal Accountant

    “I’m in the process of returning from maternity leave but my main responsibility is producing the month end management accounts for the Directors with help from the rest of the Finance team. 

    As WSG grows, there are often new challenges, but we’re always able to tackle them as a team by drawing on all of our strengths.”

    Natalee B, Operations Assistant

    “WSG is a great company to work for. Everyone has a voice and feels appreciated, regardless of gender.

    With the company expanding so rapidly, my role continues to evolve which means that I’m always learning and growing my skill set.”

    Annette S, Graphic Designer

    “I’ve been WSG’s graphic designer since the company started and my role is to create the company’s branded materials, which range from simple online graphics to large scale materials for events.

    It is a busy and demanding position due to the company’s ever-increasing growth, but it’s always really rewarding to see the finished product come together. I get such a strong sense of satisfaction knowing that I’ve done a great job.”

    Emma H, Warranty Consultant

    “I’ve been in the motor trade for 12 years having worked as an Area Manager for a major finance broker and Business Development Manager for Mercedes.

    I joined WSG recently and can honestly say the support is fantastic. Nothing is ever too much trouble and the company really listens to its dealers and customers.

    We have the best warranty products in the market and a combined experience of over 1,000 years in the warranty sector. I’m very proud to represent WSG – especially as a female working with dealers at the coal-face – along with everything it stands for.”

    Women in automotive

    Many women in male-dominated industries such as the motor trade often see themselves as role models for other women and young girls. They also tend to play an active role in raising the profile of their industry and want to inspire other women to break through barriers with confidence.

    We hope that our article has inspired you and would love to hear your comments!

    About International Women’s Day

    International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8th March and dates back to 1917 when women won the right to vote in Soviet Russia. It was formalised by the UN in 1977 as an official day of celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

    The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Inspire Inclusion. When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.

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