A welder appearing alongside big names in the industry at London’s prestigious engineering exhibition

A welder from a sheet metal firm in Staffordshire has been chosen to feature in a prestigious London exhibition.

Chloe Sales, who works at Hixon-based Alpha Manufacturing, is featured in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Engineers’ Gallery stairwells exhibition at IET London: Savoy Place.

The IET asked the public to nominate any engineer or technician who has had a positive impact on the industry – and received hundreds of nominations.

Today, 95 people are celebrated in the exhibition, which aims to show how diverse, innovative and exciting careers in engineering and technology truly are.

The list features some of the well-known big names, including devoted suffragist Laura Annie Willson and riddle-buster 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 am delighted to see the latest collection of people nominated for recognition from our Impact Celebration campaign.

“It showcases the true diversity of successful engineers and technologists throughout history and today. These incredible people provide role models for the future generation and inspire us all.

“At IET, we want to change outdated perceptions and showcase the diversity of talent and creative careers in our sector, and this campaign helps us do just that.”

Chloe Sales said, “I am honored beyond words to have been nominated for this stairwell exhibit. In my career thus far, I have worked to not only increase my skills, but also to inspire the next generation of welders to pursue welding and engineering through work. journey of experience and learning.

“Being recognized as having a positive impact on my industry makes everything I do worthwhile and encourages me to keep working to empower and inspire.”

Neal Lafford, Operations Manager at Alpha Manufacturing, added: “When Chloe came to Alpha to pursue her welding apprenticeship years ago, we immediately recognized her potential, with her obvious passion and dedication to learning and to challenge themselves.

“Having supported Chloe on her journey from apprentice welder to leader in her field was a proud moment for us, and we couldn’t be happier that she can continue to inspire others through this exposure.”

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