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New tricks of the trade for next gen tradies

Posted on July 20, 2017

Driverless trucks, augmented reality, remotely operated mines, it all sounds futuristic, but the skills required to maintain these new technologies is needed in the toolkits of the next generation of tradies.

Taking their first step to a career in resources, around 30 budding tradies from local high schools would experience first-hand the integration of technology and mining when they visit Hastings Deering’s Brisbane workshop.

Hastings Deering’s General Manager People and External Affairs Vincent Cosgrove said the one-on-one interaction with industry mentors would give the students a clearer insight into careers available to them and what it takes to work in these careers.

“Surrounded by cutting-edge machinery and learning from the experts on how new technology is empowering the next crop of apprentices is a powerful message to the students,” Mr Cosgrove said.

“These students are already embracing new technology through their smart phones and this workshop will provide an insight into the latest technologies being embraced in mining such as driverless trucks and dozers.

“It would also give them an insight into a whole new and exciting world for trade vocations and we know that the training will create a great deal of excitement and interest in pursuing these roles.”

The Toolkit for School Kids event, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), gives students an opportunity to talk with apprentices, tradies, engineers and equipment operators and quiz them on their jobs and how they achieved them.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina-Lee Jones said skilled trades people are consistently in short supply.
“QMEA is committed to working with schools, local communities and the sector to ensure students across Queensland have the opportunity to learn important trade skills before they graduate from high school,” Ms Jones said.

“The event, which targets year 10 students who show an aptitude for vocational or operator roles, will help students take the leap from the classroom to a fulfilling career.”

The students, from Alexander Hills, Wavell and Bundamba high schools, would also gain hands-on experience in a number of trade-based activities at Hastings Deering’s state of the art training facility.

QMEA is the education and skills arm of the QRC and provides pathways for students into the resources sector. It is a partnership between the resources sector and the Queensland Government through its Gateway to Industry Schools Program

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