Jeanette’s passionate about females being welcomed into her area of work and encourages women to consider a career in the industry. She has some great advice for those wishing to follow in her footsteps.
“I’ve been fortunate to run my own company in the technology and engineering sector for 14 years. It’s a job I love. It’s given me a varied and interesting career and a good living which has enabled me to employ other people.
“My company provides data cabling structures for IT and telecommunications systems and supply, maintenance and support of computer equipment to the offshore, marine, commercial and industrial sectors.
“Now I want to encourage other females from school age upwards to be confident enough to realise that they can overcome the barriers and enter what has been traditionally seen as a ‘man’s world’. We need to break the stereotypes of what they can and can’t do when it comes deciding on a career path.”
The boss of an Aberdeen-based IT maintenance and support firm for the energy sector has been appointed to the Scottish Government’s Business Excellence Partnership board.
Jeanette Forbes, the founder and chief executive of PCL Group, will represent the government’s Technology Advisory Group (TAG) which she joined last year, as the newly established partnership will seek to support Scotland’s goal of becoming a world class digital nation by 2020.
The Business Excellence Partnership, set up following the government’s 2013 Digital Economy Review, is designed to help businesses of all sizes by encouraging partners to work together to improve digital connectivity.
The key partners include Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland among others.
“The partnership will play an important role in ensuring that improving Scotland’s digital connectivity is a priority which is shared by all the relevant agencies,” Forbes said.
“Our future is dependent on the strength of our business base and its ability to grow and support our economy. If we are to compete in a global marketplace, our businesses must have the same digital advantages as businesses in other countries.
“I’m delighted to be invited to join the board which gives me the opportunity to support, and represent, the areas which have low digital connectivity which is something I feel very strongly about.”
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It is no news that the times of “easy oil” in the North Sea are well and truly over.
As the energy industry battles numerous challenges with ageing assets and difficult drilling conditions, one particular obstacle seems to be immune to the passing of time and technological developments: Its male-oriented image.
A lack of women in the sector has been an issue growing in the industry’s conscience – but despite that, no more than 5% of the workforce is female, with a small proportion in key managerial positions.
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OEG Offshore couldn’t contain itself when asked to assist a Scottish charity which is helping save and improve the lives of thousands of children in Malawi.
The company, which provides cargo carrying units and A60 cabins to the energy industry, has donated a 20ft shipping container to F.R.O.M. Scotland (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi) which will be used to transport vital medical equipment and supplies, clothing and other essential items to the south east African country.
In addition to gifting the container, which has been specially branded with the F.R.O.M. Scotland logo, OEG Offshore will also cover the cost of shipping the container to Blantyre, Malawi when it is filled and dispatched early next year.
“Jeanette Forbes, CEO of PCL Group contacted us on behalf of the charity to ask if we could help out by lending them a container to take a shipment of equipment to Malawi,” said David Cooper of OEG Offshore. “When she told us about the work they do we really wanted to get involved. Rather than just lend them a container we decided to go a step further and donate one. That way it can be used for other purposes in country.
“Our staff really got behind this project too and raised more than £700 by holding a charity raffle.”
F.R.O.M. Scotland was set up in 2005 to provide aid to orphaned and vulnerable children suffering from disease, hunger and starvation as a result of the famine which struck the country. Since then it has raised more than £250,000 and sent two containers full of donated medical and other equipment to the country. Many of the projects it supports are led by Dr Tracey Morse from Pitcaple, near Inverurie. She has lived and worked in Malawi since 2000 as a Health Initiative Project Manager on behalf of Strathclyde University with funding support from the Scottish Government.
Jeanette Forbes, CEO, PCL Group and Tom Smith, Chairman of Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Forum and founder of Nessco Group Holdings Ltd, have been recognised for their outstanding business achievements by the Association of Colleges (AoC).
Every year, the Association of Colleges’ celebrate the achievements of former further education students who have excelled in their chosen field. Colleges from around the country are given the opportunity to nominate former students who recognise the impact their college had on their careers for a Gold Award. To acknowledge the wealth and calibre of the nominations AoC receive each year, a special Roll of Honour was created to which, this year, Jeanette and Tom were added. (more…)