FIRST-HAND LOOK: Sarah Broadhead and Naomi Sloane were part of the Women Who Weld program.
FIRST-HAND LOOK: Sarah Broadhead and Naomi Sloane were part of the Women Who Weld program. Michael Doyle

Women get a taste of the welding industry

THERE was plenty to learn for 15 students from Dalby and Tara during a day-long welding workshop.

The Women Who Weld day invited female students from Dalby State High School and Tara Shire State College to get first-hand experience in the industry.

The students took tours through White Industries foundry as well as the Simplicity Australia factory.

The event was run by QMI Solutions, with backing from Arrow Energy.

Dalby student Sarah Broadhead said the day allowed her to broaden her knowledge of the trade industry.

"It has been really good knowing that there is a lot of opportunities out for everyone,” she said.

"There are so many different trades for everyone to get their head around.”

Sarah said she was impressed with the sophistication that goes into many trades.

"Many think there is just boilermakers but there are all different trades,” she said.

"We learnt there are a lot of computer guys and a lot of technology goes into it.”

For Tara student Naomi Sloane, watching how the welding trade operated was a great experience.

"We learn a lot of stuff,” she said.

"I have learnt (workers produce) moulting with metal, which was very interesting.”

The Women Who Weld workshop was a follow-on from a set of one-day workshops held in Dalby, Chinchilla and Miles State High Schools in March.


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