The program is a bridge between schooling and work life.

QMI Solutions hosts the Gateway to Industry Schools program for manufacturing and engineering.  The collaborative framework provides opportunities for industry and the education sector to work together to deliver outcomes for school teachers, students, local communities and business

QMI Women Who Weld


students completed the Women Who Weld program

QMI Trades


students completed a 10 day try-a-trade experience


Women Who Weld participants reported increased excitement for STEM subjects

“The Women Who Weld program was measured and has increased female participation into the trade pathways in the Surat Basin by 20 per cent.  This case study was industry endorsed through QMI’s Queensland Reference Group for manufacturing and engineering as a positive way of increasing female participation in trade pathways. As a result of this success it is now being delivered in other regions across Queensland.”

Jules McMurtrie – Program Manager

The projects

Women Who Weld Program

This program allows young women in the Western Downs region to try out welding.

Specially aimed at Year 10 students, it consists of a one-day workshop and a one day industry tour to see the welding and science, technology, engineering, design and maths connections in action, in real-world manufacturing and engineering settings.

Youth designation weekend

This start-up weekend aims to raise the profile of careers in manufacturing and engineering.  Students learn and practice a range of activities covering industrial technology and design.

Teachers benefit from professional development on the latest industry trends and local industry representatives get the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with schools.


Photos: QMI Solutions