By Lydia Aman
KUCHING: Nurhayatilia Muqqaddis Norolashikin, a student from the Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs), is the only female participant to qualify for the WorldSkills Malaysia Sarawak Competition (WSMS) 2019 final in the welding category.
According to the 23-year-old student, she feels proud because as a woman, she also can do welding work.
“Welding is not just for men. Women also can be involved in the welding field, but keep in mind that anyone who wants to enter this area should have mental and physical endurance.
“I wish I could succeed in this competition so that I can open the minds of people out there that women can also do welding work,” she said when met by reporters at the WSMS 2019 final at Centexs here yesterday.
Residing in Taman Matang Jaya, Nurhayatilia further added that full parental support was also very important for children who wanted to continue their education in rare fields.
“My parents were initially shocked when I said that I wanted to further my studies in the welding field.
“However, they have always been very supportive of me because they want me to do whatever I want as long as it does not harm me and my family,” she added.
Meanwhile, another WSMS 2019 finalist Hermit Dominic said he was excited to represent his institution to the WSMS 2019 final.
The 20-year-old Bidayuh student also revealed he planned to work abroad upon graduation.
“It was a very meaningful experience for me. I became interested in this field after seeing the success of my eldest brother who’s running a welding company,” he said.
WSMS 2019 is participated by 24 participants from 11 industrial training institutions in Sarawak but only six participants will qualify for the final.
The final competition for the welding category was held yesterday from 9am to 5.30pm.