We are pleased to announce that this autumn event season, Ball Corporation will be sponsoring two of our virtual events! They will be headlining our Ireland STEM Careers Event on Wednesday 6th October and our UK Engineering Event on Wednesday 20th October.
Ahead of the event, we caught up with Ball to discover more about the company, the exciting graduate opportunities they have available, and why they are passionate about women in STEM.
Who are Ball Corporation?
“Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. The company and its subsidiaries employ 21,500 people worldwide and reported 2020 net sales of $11.8 billion.
“Our aluminum beverage can and end operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) includes 24 plants – 20 can plants and 4 end plants – in addition to our main regional office in Luton, UK, and seven other regional offices throughout EMEA. With more than 4,500 employees, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA continuously invests in its growth – adding capacity, plants, and technology – and in our people by building new capabilities, developing talents, and hiring new colleagues. Recently, the region announced the construction of a second beverage plant in the Czech Republic and a third facility in the United Kingdom.
“Do you want to be part of our team? Check all our openings at jobs.ball.com
Why have you chosen to sponsor STEM Women events?
“At Ball, we are committed to maintaining a culture of belonging by providing opportunities for our people to grow while contributing to our ongoing success in unique ways. Our global teams understand that diversity and inclusion (D&I) is essential to our long-term success as an organisation. Collectively, we recognise that a more diverse workforce helps drive growth and innovation, because a greater variety of backgrounds and skillsets from our employees allows us to deliver a greater variety of ideas that lead to real results.
“As women are significantly under-represented as a whole in all areas and at all levels of manufacturing, we want to show the world that this can be rectified. We recognise the diversity of skills, knowledge, and experience that women and all currently under-represented talent will bring us – and we could not think of a better partner for helping us on our journey.”
What are you most looking forward to on the event days?
“We can’t wait for the opportunity of meeting a whole host of female talent, and breaking those stereotypes about embarking on a career in manufacturing. We are looking forward to showing you how exciting and dynamic joining the Ball Family can be – in beginning or continuing a hugely successful career where you will truly make a difference to the World by joining a company that has been working relentlessly to promote sustainability in all its forms – through its products, operations, and community support.”
What sort of opportunities will be available to attendees?
“We are recruiting in both Ireland and the UK at the moment into existing and brand new plants and offices. We offer exciting opportunities to school leavers and university graduates through our trainee programmes and fantastic experienced opportunities for trained talent. Training Programmes include:
- Future Leaders Trainee Programme - Building a new generation of plant shift leaders who can evolve into other plant leadership roles
- Apprenticeship Trainee Programme - Building a new generation of technical skilled employees within our plants
- Operations Trainee Programme - Building a new generation of operational skilled employees within our plants
Do you have any tips for attendees approaching your stall at the events?
“Ask us lots of questions so we can tell you what it’s really like to work in Ball Beverage Packaging manufacturing. Tell us what you want from your career and we will tell you how we can help and what we have on offer. Bring your CV and an open mind.”
What are Ball doing to encourage more women into engineering and why do you believe it’s important?
“We are committed to both global and regional D&I strategy that is at the core of everything we do. Each and every leader is responsible for recruiting and growing diverse talent to build the best workforce and the most inclusive workplace we possibly can. Furthermore, as we continue to focus on the growth of our businesses, employees with different backgrounds, skillsets, and perspectives also help us create a unique competitive advantage. With that in mind, we work relentlessly to achieve ambitious targets, underpinned by bespoke country by country action plans, and our diversity networks are involved every step of the way – as we continue to learn from our people – our diversity.”
Get to know our D&I global goals at https://www.ball.com/na/about-ball/careers/diversity-inclusion/d-i-goals
STEM Women Events
We can’t wait to more from Ball during their speaker sessions and panel session at our events. Alongside the events they are sponsoring, Ball Corporation will also be exhibiting and speaking at our England & Wales STEM Careers Event.
If you are a STEM student or recent graduate and would like to attend a STEM Women event, check out our events page and register your interest. All our events are completely free for attendees and offer exclusive access to amazing graduate opportunities.