Two decades in manufacturing

8 March, 2020

In celebration of International Women's Day, we spoke with one of our female employees to tell her inspiring story about overcoming adversity, building resilience, and finding inspiration at the workplace.

 

Lisbeth Quenette came into manufacturing by accident. She started her career with WTC almost 20 years ago to support her family, with no knowledge or experience in the industry. Prior to that, Liz had been a wedding dressmaker in her small home-based business back in Mauritius.

 

Despite her love for sewing, it was not an easy path. Being a single mum of two young daughters, Liz needed stability in permanent employment and the flexibility to spend time with her children. As she recalls now, the opportunity arose to join manufacturing, and she decided to give it a go.

Liz started as a Core Builder in the afternoon shift and, at first, was the only female employee on her team. She quickly learnt how dynamic the industry was and enjoyed the fast pace and challenges the new environment provided, having the opportunity to learn a wide range of new skills, particularly in insulation, assembly, and tanking. She said, in an industry dominated by men, she felt the need to work harder to prove her strengths and dedication. The longer she was there though, the more she proved that she could do her job just as well as her male colleagues. She also wanted to pave the way for other women to join the industry and be successful.

Fast forward to now, and Liz is a team leader of the day shift in our Core Cut and Build workshop with almost 40% of female employees across two shifts.  She continues to challenge herself and her team members to create excellent outcomes and is passionate about improving processes. “We run multiple GDPs (Growth Deployment Projects) across the company,” she said. “So we constantly think about what we can improve and do better. Solving complex problems as a team is what drives everyone; it gives you personal satisfaction.”

For Liz, manufacturing is an art. It is a perfect mix of engineering and creativity. Maybe that is the reason she has never left the industry. “It is a rewarding experience,” she said, “to have direct contact with the product and see how it is put together.”

Liz is very proud of what she has achieved and would like to inspire the younger generation to enter manufacturing.