CAREER PLANNING: Moura and Biloela high school students at trade camp with representatives from Anglo American's Dawson Mine. Picture: Contributed
CAREER PLANNING: Moura and Biloela high school students at trade camp with representatives from Anglo American's Dawson Mine. Picture: Contributed

Students try their hand at mining

MOURA and Biloela students keen on trade careers will have their potential tested when they are mentored by tradespeople from Anglo American’s Dawson Mine this week.

About 12 students will get a taste of what it takes to be a tradie during a trade camp run at Moura State High School by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy.

“The camp puts students in a simulated work environment where they’ll work on a hands-on project over six days utilising a range of skills needed in our sector,” the general manager of Anglo American’s Dawson Mine, Clarence Robertson, said.

“It helps students learn what it takes to become a qualified tradesperson and have confidence in their career choice.

“Our staff really enjoy mentoring the next generation of tradespeople and helping them on their career pathways.”

Moura State High School principal Joshua Duff sees great value in the program.

“We very much value these QMEA events, which help our students learn more about career pathways and their academic requirements,” Mr Duff said.

“Being able to talk to people already working in trades gives the students a huge advantage.”

Queensland Government statistics show that last year 16 per cent of QMEA-school students entered apprenticeships or traineeships compared to just 2.5 per cent of students in non-QMEA schools.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 60 schools throughout Queensland.

QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland’s resource sector. The QRC supports more than 16,400 businesses across the state.


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