“Working for an engineering company can be rewarding and there is abundance of exciting opportunities.”
This #INWED2023 we’re shining a spotlight on some of the inspirational females working for us at the Shepley Group, helping us to build a legacy of excellence. Meet Amie Sharpe, HR Advisor for the Shepley Group. Learn more about what drove her to engineering and her advice to other females who are looking at it as a potential career option.
How or why did you choose your career path?
I started my career in a small family run business completing my administration apprenticeship and this gave me an understanding of the scope of roles and departments that administration could lead to, but there wasn’t the opportunities for growth and development there. Joining Shepley Engineers gave me the opportunity to further explore administration roles and this how I found HR. Within HR as a discipline there is a clear path of progression, which has always given me a clear focus of where I want to go and what I want to achieve and helping employees gain their full potential is a really fulfilling part of my role.
How have you progressed since joining the Company?
Since starting with the company in 2013 I worked as a receptionist at the head office and as PA to the Directors. In 2019 I moved into the HR role where I was supported by the company in gaining the qualifications which I pursued through the CIPD. Both Level 3 and Level 5 qualifications have built my knowledge of HR procedures and processes, allowing me to apply this to the workplace, to support employees during their time with company.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the workplace?
The move from administration to HR has been a challenge as HR covers all areas of the employees time with the company. Whilst you can specialise in particular areas, such as recruitment, discipline or long term sick etc, within Shepley Engineers, knowledge of all areas is required as the role has been moved in-house, from our sister company Amco for the first time, to offer better support for employees.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would also like to progress within the company to become the HR Manager providing process and project changes to better support the company and employees with recruitment, diversity and inclusion and employee wellbeing.
What would you say to girls in school who may be considering engineering as a career choice?
It can be daunting and you may feel that living here in West Cumbria there aren’t many options, but working for an engineering company can be rewarding and there is abundance of exciting opportunities that are available. Engineering is an exciting sector to be apart of and you form the team that is making a real difference in projects that have an impact on the local community.