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Toolkit for future careers

Posted on July 19, 2017

About 20 students from Middlemount Community School have a rare opportunity to visit a mine site this week and explore careers available to them in the resources sector.

The Middlemount South Toolkit 4 School Kids event for years 9, 10 and 11 students would give them first-hand experience of the work of trades people and engineers on a mine and make them aware of possible career options.

The event, sponsored by Middlemount South, is part of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) program managed by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina-Lee Jones said the students would swap their school hats for hard hats and work in teams.

“Students will have the opportunity to speak with trades people and engineers to gain insight into their roles and see how their jobs fit into the operation of a mine. A mine site visit is a rare opportunity for students, and we applaud Middlemount South for making this possible,” Ms Jones said.

Middlemount South’s Chief Operating Officer, Scott Graham said it would be a valuable experience for students wishing to pursue a vocation in the minerals and energy sector.

“They will experience a variety of roles and talk to people from a cross-section of careers who work on site. Middlemount South values the ability to engage young people in our community and we look to them to be our next generation of highly-skilled employees,” Mr Graham said.

The 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.