Jade Sheldon, Production Operative

What made you get into the role you currently work in? I’ve always wanted to work within the frame shop and I am keen to learn all aspects of the business.

What was your background before you started at Whitemeadow Frames? I was a taxi driver for 5 years and previous to that I worked at a distribution centre for 10 years and a nightshift warehouse operative.

Were people surprised to see a female working in the Frames factory? The lads I work with weren’t surprised as most of them knew me anyway, but new starters and outside contractors are surprised that I’m here and the only female to work in the factory.

What challenges did you face when you first started and how did you overcome them? There weren’t many challenges, everyone was so welcoming and willing to help me.

What changes have you seen over your time here with regards to the workforce and attitudes towards women? The guys are very respectful and have a good attitude when it comes to me, and have respect for any women that enters that factory.

What are your future aspirations regarding your team and your role here? I’m hoping to work my way up the management ladder when the positions arise.

What advice would you give to women and girls that would like to work in a male-dominated role? Go for it, I have worked my last 3 jobs in male dominated places, and love it. It can be quite daunting when you don’t know anybody but go in with confidence and a smile on your face and say hello, it will get you very far.