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Protocase, Sydney manufacturing firm, looking to hire more women

A manufacturing company in Sydney that makes custom sheet metal enclosures, parts and components wants more women to apply for jobs there.

'Half of our labour pool is not seeing us as a viable option,' says Protocase co-founder

A Protocase employee displays a panel from one of the company's storage pods. The company is trying to recruit more female workers, company co-founder Doug Milburn says. (Protocase/Facebook)

A manufacturing company in Sydney that makes custom sheet metal enclosures, parts and components wants more women to apply for jobs there.

Doug Milburn, the co-founder and vice-president of Protocase, says management positions are split equally between men and women, but it's not the same on the factory floor where only three of the 60 workers are women.

"We look at that and we say half of our labour pool is not seeing us as a viable option, so we're going to change that," he said.

Milburn is not sure why so few women apply for manufacturing jobs at his company, which has a total of about 115 employees. He said Protocase is always hiring, but can only choose from those who put in applications and he wants to get the word out.

"Experience is not necessary. Interest and aptitude are," he said.

The company, which operates out of two buildings at Harbourside Commercial Park, is expanding and recently purchased the nearby former co-op store.

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