STENA Line is reaching out to women in the Wirral area to attend its first taster day.

The event, on Monday, October 23, will take place at Stena Line Terminal, 12 Quays to encourage women to pursue a career as a Port Service Operative.

With women making up just two per cent of workers in the global maritime industry, Stena Line is "committed to increasing representation of women both at sea and on shore as part of its Diversity & Inclusion Strategy".

The ferry operator currently has "equal men and women at Group Management level and has a goal of 30 per cent female managers across the business by 2026".

What will the taster session include?

The taster session is targeted specifically at women to give them an idea of what working at a port involves and encourage them to consider a career in Port Operations.

On the day, participants will hear about what it is like to work as a Port Service Operative for Stena Line, receive a tour of the port, followed by a tug master demonstration and they will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

Ita Baird, Port Manager at Stena Line said: "We’re excited to welcome women from the area for a taster day to find out what working at the Port involves and we have been overwhelmed by the interest we have had already from women seeking to pursue a career in the sector.

"Port Service Operatives are a crucial part of our day to day running of the port. We have exciting plans for the port, and we're looking forward to showcasing it as a great place to work and a rewarding career choice."

The role of a Port Service Operative involves mooring of vessels on arrival, loading and unloading ships, assisting passengers in boarding and disembarkation, and driving tug masters to deliver unaccompanied freight.

Charlene Banda, People Manager (Irish Sea), Stena Line said: "Historically, the maritime industry has been predominantly male, and Stena Line is actively seeking to improve female representation on our ships and at our ports.

"Gender equality is one of our three primary focus areas within our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, and we have the ambition to be a leader in sustainable shipping, in terms of the environment and our people.

"Given the overwhelming interest we have had in this event, we’re hoping to roll this initiative out in our other locations across the UK and Ireland."

Spaces at this event are limited and registration is required.

For more information visit Stena Line’s social channels here.