On Wednesday 26th June, a group of six Y9 girls visited Doosan Babcock at their training centre in Tipton. The aim of the day was to highlight the amazing opportunities available to women within engineering. None of the girls has any experience of engineering so the morning was going to be interesting to say the least. We arrived at Doosan and met up with our hosts Dave and Clare who took us to one of their training rooms. The girls watched a short video on what type of services Doosan offer and then it was time to put on the safety wear to allow the girls to get hands on. First stop was to the welding shed where the girls had to put on a hood to cover their hair, a facemask to protect from fumes, safety glasses, welding helmet and thick leather gloves. Once they were ready, they headed to the welding booths for a welding demonstration. The girls then had the opportunity to have a go themselves. Next, we moved into where they did the erecting and pipe fitting training. Here, the girls were given two tasks involving design drawings and the components needed, they then had to follow the plan to connect the steel plates for the first task and then measure and put together the pipes to match the diagram. All the girls did really well and completed their tasks. The girls learned that Doosan offer apprenticeships both at school leaver and graduate level in Welding, Erecting / Rigging, Pipefitting and Project Controls. All apprentices are given an outstanding training package with the opportunity to travel both in this country and abroad. Our girls were amazed at what they could potentially earn.
The girls had a brilliant morning and our thanks go to Dave and Clare from Doosan Babcock.