Bethany Charlesworth

First female on the factory floor

Beth Charlesworth, Warehouse Operative

Working at Heras in the UK, Beth shares her experience working for Heras. I don’t see myself as the only female in the warehouse – I’m just part of the team.” 

What is your role at Heras? 

I work in the warehouse as part of a team of four that is responsible for assembling all the different products and components for each project, which are then transported to sites across the UK and Ireland for installation.  

What are your daily tasks? 

Picking and packing orders ready to be loaded onto vans and lorries. I have to liaise with the other departments in the factory to make sure everything arrives on time ready for dispatch. 

What makes your work great?

The team I work with are amazing, and we all work so well together as a foursome to make sure everything runs like clockwork. We also liaise with other departments in the factory in Doncaster – so good communication is a vital part of the job for me. 

Are there any projects you have worked on that you are proud of? 

I’m proud of all the work we do – it is a far cry from my previous career as a hairdresser for eight years. Being a hairdresser in a busy salon was very stressful, and I wanted a new challenge and a better work–life balance. One of my clients was the Heras HR Manager, and we got chatting about the opportunities – and I haven’t looked back. 

How would you describe the work atmosphere at Heras? 

The atmosphere at Heras is very good, and there’s a strong sense of teamwork throughout the factory. 

Does Heras allow much room for growth? 

My move to Heras has allowed me to swap my hairdressing scissors for a forklift truck licence, which means I have learned new skills. Already at Heras I’ve been on abrasive wheel training – as well as lots of health and safety training, which is important in understanding all the possible challenges of a fast-paced working environment.  

What’s your favorite part about working at Heras?  

I don’t see myself as the only female in the warehouse – I’m just part of the team. I love coming to work every day because no two days are the same. I urge more women to look at a career in warehousing because there’s far more to it than meets the eye.