In a Queensland first, girls from Brisbane’s Somerville House school will join central Queensland students in an adventure to experience what it’s like to work on a mine.
The 15 students will take part in the BMA Make It Now in Engineering (MINE) Challenge at the Saraji Mine near Dysart this week, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).
As one of the QMEA’s newest schools, Somerville House students have joined the challenge for the first time. It’s also the first time the long-running camp has taken place at the Saraji mine.
Three teachers will also experience first-hand the many careers available to students in the resources sector and the highly technological nature of mining.
Students will work with BMA graduates from a range of disciplines to solve a real-life problem and will have the opportunity to see the mine in operation to gain a better understanding of the diverse processes that are carried out on a mine site.
“BMA loves having students on site and it really opens their eyes to the career possibilities,” said BMA’s Senior Community Advisor Peter Dowling.
“We’re particularly pleased to see girls taking part in the challenge as BMA understands the need to have a diverse workforce and is working hard to achieve gender parity in all our operations,” said Mr Dowling.
“The QMEA very much appreciates the commitment of BMA to encouraging students to consider the resources sector as a career destination,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Director Skills, Education and Diversity for the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).
“It’s industry commitment such as this that results in a higher proportion of QMEA students ending up in resources-related careers,” she said.
“I also acknowledge the contribution of CIVEO who again are generously providing all accommodation and meals for the students and teachers at the mine camp.”
Other schools with students attending are:
- Moranbah SHS
- Emerald SHS
- Chanel College, Gladstone
- Dysart SHS
- Clermont SHS
- Nanango SHS