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School workshop ignites passion for in-demand trade careers

School workshop ignites passion for in-demand trade careers

School workshop ignites passion for in-demand trade careers

1 September 2022

Exciting, trade-based activities at today’s (17 May) Queensland Minerals and Energy (QMEA) workshop have sparked the interest of Bowen State High School students who are now considering a rewarding career in the resources industry, thanks to support from Abbot Point Operations.

As the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the QMEA hosts this popular workshop in Queensland classrooms to educate students about the training pathways into the resources and energy sector.

Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina-Lee Jones said around 20 Grade 10 students picked up some highly sought-after trade-based skills after a day of mentoring and guidance from tradespeople and apprentices from Abbot Point Operations.

“There has never been a better time to pursue a career in the resources industry, and the increasing skills demand in trade-based roles means there will be no shortage of exciting opportunities for the next generation,” Ms Jones said.

General Manager of Abbot Point Operations, Mr Allan Brown said that the workshop had been an invaluable experience for the students to learn first-hand from industry experts and gain an appreciation for the environment and expectations on a real job site.

“Being informed about the various career pathways and exciting technological developments will be a great advantage for the students going forward,” Mr Brown said.

“Today also allowed them to start building connections with experienced industry professionals, giving the students a head start as they enter their final years of high school”.

Bowen State High School Acting Principal, Mr Steve Baskerville said the workshop simulated an exciting “careers day” but allowed the students to attempt some of the resources industry’s more technical roles in a safe and supportive environment.

“Students were particularly excited by the virtual welder,” Mr Baskerville said.

“Equipped with a welding torch, helmet, and gloves the students were able to complete a series of welding tasks right here on campus”.

As Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and schools training initiative, the QMEA seeks to broaden student and teacher knowledge of career opportunities in resources.

The academy encourages a talent pipeline of employees into vocational and professional careers, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. The QMEA currently engages with over 90 schools and is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.

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