For women considering welding, there are opportunities to be found in sectors such as aerospace, construction
, and manufacturing.
There is demand for welders, with skilled workers in the field being among those eligible for visas to address the UK's welder shortage
Infrastructure projects such as the Hinkley Point power station, expected to be complete in 2027, could be derailed
if worker shortages persist.
Despite constituting close to half of the UK's working population, only 12% of women are in engineering careers. However, it's expected that by 2030, the percentage of women works in STEM fields will have risen to 30%.
What does a welding job involve?
The role of a welder involves joining, cutting and shaping metal plate, pipework and composite material. They generally work in sectors such as construction and civil engineering.