Trades the new trend for Central Queensland's young women
MADISON Holt and Ainslee Royal are out to prove anything boys can do, they can do better when it comes to mastering a trade.
The 17-year-olds are part of a growing trend of young women taking up trades training with CQUniversity.
Madison is studying a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways while completing high school via distance education.
She said watching friends complete trades sparked her interest.
"I was just interested in (engineering)," she said.
"I have a few friends who are doing diesel fitting and I just thought it was something I'd like to do."
Ainslee is at high school at St Ursula's College in Yeppoon while studying a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways.
She said proving people wrong about mastering her trade was part of the fun.
"Everyone says you can't do (a trade) because you're a girl and I say to them, 'Just watch me'," she said.
Both girls hope to secure an apprenticeship and find work in the mining industry.
The pair encouraged others to do the same.
"Get out there and give it a go, and if you don't like it then you can always do something else," Ainslee said.