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Students on right path to resource jobs

Posted on July 26, 2017

Try a trade or solve a maths equation? These questions will be more easily answered by Capella and Clermont high school students today.

About 40 year 10 students will take part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) event designed to give them a realistic insight to a variety of career options.

It’s the first time the QMEA has organised an event at Capella State High School, which recently became the academy’s 39th partner school.

Students will spend half the day in a Toolkit 4 School Kids workshop, which provides a hands-on trade experience, engaging with apprentices, tradies and operators from Glencore Coal and participating in trade-based activities.

They will spend the other half of the day in a STEM 4 School Kids workshop, hearing first hand from Glencore staff about professional pathways and taking part in experimental and problem-based challenges.

Teachers in the region won’t miss out either. They’ll be at least one jump ahead of their students after learning about microcontrollers and how to program them to control such things as motors and lights.

Acting General Manager of Glencore’s Clermont open cut mine, Glenn Sauer said partnering with QMEA helped support the communities associated with Glencore’s mining operations.

“A number of our engineers and tradespeople will be on hand to give the students a better understanding of the opportunities and diversity of work available in the mining industry,” Mr Sauer said.

“Staff from Glencore Coal’s Oaky Creek and Clermont mines are looking forward to the opportunity to take part in the workshops.”

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Katrina-Lee Jones said the participation of industry staff is key to the success of the QMEA workshops.

“We value the time and efforts that Glencore’s staff contribute to our programs and the feedback from the students we hear is the more we integrate mentors the more they learn,” Ms Jones said.

“Education Queensland data shows that a significantly higher proportion of QMEA school students end up in STEM and trade-related studies than students from non-QMEA schools and this is in no small part due to the direct contact students have with our resources sector people.

“The resources sector has an ever-increasing technology focus and these workshops help ensure that we have the highly skilled people we need for the highly skilled jobs of the future.”

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.