Who will help with women who weld?

We are looking for a member to host the highly successful “Women Who Weld” program at a Queensland trailer manufacturing facility in early 2023.

HVIA’s Paul Woodland says the program aims to increase gender diversity and participation in manufacturing careers.

“We are delighted to extend our involvement in the Gateway to Industry program with the Queensland Manufacturing Institute and Glenala State High School, to present this innovative initiative,” Mr Woodland said.

“Encouraging greater female participation, in our traditionally male dominated sector of manufacturing and trades, is a key priority in HVIA’s skills and training agenda.

“It provides a great opportunity for female secondary school students in Years 10 through 12 to gain insight into trade skills and career pathways, including local employment opportunities.”

Queensland based trailer manufacturer members who are interested in hosting the Women Who Weld program in 2023 are asked to contact Paul Woodland at p.woodland@hvia.asn.au for more information.

The host will need to be able to supply two welding bays, have two trainers to facilitate the welding, provide a safety presentation and conduct a tour of their facility.

Mr Woodland said the students will be tasked with ‘making’ something on the day that they can take away.

“This program is usually run at a school rather than in industry,” he explained.

“We jumped at the opportunity to give students a first-hand look at a trailer manufacturing facility is all about.

“This is a great opportunity to tap into a segment who have all the right qualities to be great contributors to our industry’s manufacturing workforce.”

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