Construction welding

Encouraging women to try welding

Marking International Women’s Day: Women into STEM employment

Unite Scotland will be holding an event on Friday (8 March) to encourage women to try welding as a vocation at the West College Scotland. The event will be held in Clydebank, which was the heart of Scotland's shipbuilding heritage but with the twist of taking a traditionally male dominated industry and turning it on its head.

The event will be a one day taster session to let women try MIG (metal inert gas) welding in a safe environment. Unite will be offering potential vocational qualifications to those who are interested in furthering the course into a potential career.

Media are invited (two per crew, one camera operator/photographer per crew) to the Clydebank centre of the College to meet the women and speak to them about their experiences of STEM employment for women, and what they hope to achieve from the day. There will be 16 female attendees from different ages, all of whom are trade union members and currently in employment, but are considering a change to their skillset using Unite’s Lifelong Learning programme.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Any press who wish to attend to capture footage or hold interviews with the women on International Women’s Day should contact one of the Unite Learning Organisers to organise a timeslot:

Pat Egan 07918630366
Janet Dunbar 07720705067

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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