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CQUniversity training leads Megan to become Adnought’s very own girl of steel

CQUniversity training leads Megan to become Adnought’s very own girl of steel

Published:20 March 2017

Megan Benson, a 19-year-old stage three metal fabrication apprentice, is using the skills she’s learned on-the-job and at CQUniversity to keep up with the boys at Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications in Rockhampton.

Move over Superman; Adnought Sheet Metal Fabrications’ very own girl of steel Megan Benson is about to give you a run for your money.

The 19-year-old stage three metal fabrication apprentice is using the skills she’s learned on-the-job and at CQUniversity to keep up with the boys on a daily basis.

“I’ve always wanted to do something different to what girls would normally do; something hands-on,” Megan said.

“I love this job because I learn something new every day. I get to work with power tools and stainless steel and do TIG welding.

“I’ve made lots of things for houses and businesses, but I remember my first exhaust canopy for a house I made. I was really proud of that."

Manager Greg Adams  said that, although he’s employed hundreds of apprentices over his 30 years in business, Megan is his first female apprentice.

“Megan is going really well; she first came here to do work experience and ended up approaching us about an apprenticeship. She’s now a full-time apprentice,” Greg said.

“We actually have two other school-based apprentices who just went full-time as well.”

Mr Adams said Adnought also has a young woman in administration, who is currently undertaking a Business Traineeship at CQUniversity.

“We’ve sent all of our apprentices to CQ TAFE/CQUniversity – we like the TAFE training. We have nine apprentices on at the moment.”

Megan encouraged any young women wanting to do a trade to have the courage of their convictions.

“Give it a go if it’s what you want to do – it doesn’t matter what people think,” she said.

“One of my teachers told me I couldn’t do it and I set out to prove them wrong. Now look where I am.”

For more information on CQUniversity’s apprentice training visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/industry-and-partnerships/apprenticeships-and-traineeships