AJN Operative, Sandra

A day in the life…

AJN Steelstock - one of the largest steel stockholding companies in the UK


one of AJN’s Production Operatives

Q. What does your role involve?

My role involves cutting steel to customer specification and driving a CombiLift. I check all of my work to ensure it is correct before being sent to the customer.

Q. How long have you worked at AJN and why did you choose to work here?

I’ve been here nearly three years and chose AJN because I’m interested in manufacturing and manual work.

Q. What do you best like about your job?

All of it really. The atmosphere is great too.

The AJN Steelstock FICEP Endeavor cutting machine
A person on a paddleboard with a sunset in the background
Q. What challenges do you come up against in your role and how do you handle them?

I’m not very tall so I have to use my CombiLift more than other people would.

Q. What’s your best memory or biggest achievement during your time at AJN?

Every day is a good achievement. I come in and do my best every day and leave feeling good about it.

Q. The steel construction industry, typically, can be seen as a male dominant sector, do you feel that’s the case at AJN?

No, not at all. I feel everyone is given a fair opportunity.

Q. Do you feel you are treated any different by your colleagues because you’re a woman?

Definitely not.

Q. What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of starting a career in the steel construction industry?

Do it! It’s not as scary as it looks.

Q. What do you do in your spare time – any hobbies, interests?

I love paddle boarding and have a camper van. Tried surfing recently but realised that it wasn’t for me (I should have done it 10 years ago).

A camper van sitting next to a road with everything else out of focus
Two CombiLifts sitting at the AJN Steelstock Henstridge site, ready to pick up steel, shining in the sun