Barrow shipyard owner BAE Systems – a partner of Choose Cumbria – has been listed as one of the best places in the UK for women to work.
It has made it into The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list, one of the most well-regarded rankings in the UK.
The company has welcomed the news and said it is a reflection of the environment it is attempting to create across all of its sites, including Barrow.
A spokesman said: "This accolade recognises our work in improving the gender balance of the organisation and ensuring there is an inclusive working environment for all our employees regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social background or any other element that makes our employees the people they are. "
The firm said that in 2016 about 25 per cent of its graduate and apprentice intake were women and that early indications show this number increasing in the 2017 intake.
The company said it has also increased the number of women in management posts significantly in the last three years.
Nigel Whitehead, group managing director of programmes and support, said: “We’re on a long journey of cultural change, and I’m really pleased that our efforts and achievements to date have received this prestigious external recognition.
"A diverse workforce makes us more innovative and productive, and that’s why it’s so important that our employees should enjoy an inclusive workplace.”
The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is co-ordinated with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.
The list involves a comprehensive submission process managed by the gender equality campaign of Business in the Community.
Employers supply detailed information on how they are working towards gender equality in their workplace, spanning strategy, objectives, leadership and gender balance at every level.
Other big names in the top 50 included Barclays, Marks and Spencer and MI5.
Click here to read about Jackie Arnold, Head of Skills for BAE Systems Submarines, and her career in Cumbria.
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