A female welder from a Staffordshire sheet metal business has been chosen to feature in a prestigious London exhibition.
Chloe Sales, who works at Hixon-based Alpha Manufacturing, is starring in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Gallery of Engineers stairwell exhibition at IET London: Savoy Place.
The IET asked the public to nominate any engineer or technician who has made a positive impact to the industry – and received hundreds of nominations.
Now 95 people are being celebrated in the exhibition, which aims to showcase how truly diverse, innovative and exciting the engineering and technology professions are.
The list features some of the well-known greats, including dedicated suffragette Laura Annie Willson and enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, as well as some of the industry’s hidden figures.
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Head of EDI at the IET, Dr Laura Norton, said: “I’m delighted to see the final collection of individuals nominated for recognition from our celebrating impact campaign.
“It showcases the true diversity of successful engineers and technologists throughout history and in the present day. These amazing individuals provide role models for the future generation and inspire us all.
“At the IET we want to change outdated perceptions and showcase the diverse talent and creative careers in our sector, and this campaign helps us to do just that.”
Chloe Sales said: “I am honoured beyond words to have been nominated for this stairwell exhibition. During my career so far, I have worked to not only increase my skillset but also to inspire the next generation of welders to pursue welding and engineering through work experience and apprenticeship routes.
“To have been recognised as having a positive impact on my industry makes everything that I do worthwhile and encourages me to keep working to empower and inspire.”
Neal Lafford, operations director at Alpha Manufacturing, added: “When Chloe came to Alpha to continue her welding apprenticeship years ago, we immediately recognised her potential, from her clear passion and dedication to learn and challenge herself.
“Having supported Chloe on her journey from apprentice welder to a leader in her field has been a proud moment for us, and we couldn’t be more pleased that she will be able to continue to inspire others through this exhibition.”