The Girl Scouts added thirty interesting badges in 2018. Badges in Cybersecurity, Programming, and Robotics. There are even badges in Mechanical Engineering. Yet, we’ve not seen many badges in trades like welding for Girl Scouts.
In fact, Boy Scouts introduced trade badges like Welding in 2012. Girl Scouts show no interest in gaining badges like welding. The Girl Scouts themselves showed little interest in the skill, so the organization.
The World Is Changing
Jobs what were once considered male-dominated are being opened to women. Trades like welding have 3% women. So it’s important, at an early age, to expose girls to jobs that were once relegated to boys.
On the plus side, the Boy Scouts opened doors to girls in 2017. This makes welding available to them. There’s still space for the Girl Scouts to introduce the welding trade. Here’s why.
We Need Welders
The demand for welders is high. There are over 200,000 welding jobs available in the United States. The supply of welders continues to be an issue. Fewer people are going into welding. For every five persons that retire from welding, only two are entering the sector.
Girl Scouts can expose their members to a high demand sector. With high demand, comes high pay. Welders can earn up to $150,000 based on their level of education. Exposing Girl Scouts to welding sets them up for future success.
You Can Work With Your Hands
There are girls in the girl scouts that are physical learners. They like to use their hands to learn and create. There are some badges within the Girl Scouts that encourage hands-on learning. The new badges in technology support that. Yet, few trades need skill, concentration, and creativity like welding.
A welding job brings out the creativity of the person behind the helmet. Welders get to apply design to buildings, and furniture. They can even design movie sets. Exposing girls early to these possibilities, they’ll be happy to jump into welder jobs.
Girls Can Make Their Mark
Women make up only 3% of the welding sector around the world. They also make up less than 20% of similar industries worldwide. Why is this? The lack of exposure. The resilience and brilliance of Girl Scouts is what the welding industry needs.
You Defy Gender Roles
Although few girls and women enter welding schools each year, they excel in the classroom. Research has shown women welders are as comfortable when working
with the welding helmet as men. From creating pipe hangers and supports to handling the welding gun, they’re excellent. Girl Scouts can learn early that they can do it, and the playing field is level.
As welding is a skill used in many sectors around the world, you can work anywhere. The demand for welders is the same, with high paying welder jobs available to expats. Girls should get these opportunities too, right?
It’s a Girl’s World
The Girl Scouts are a respected group that continues to push young girls forward in society. Yet, they should embrace trade skills like welding. They need not be afraid. If they can handle engineering and robotics, they can handle the fast flexibility
of the welding helmet. It will be exciting to see the next generation of master welders be women