Tradies for a Day

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There was no shortage of enthusiasm and talent today (11 May) at the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA) Tradies for a Day workshop in Capella.

Twenty students from Capella and Clermont State High Schools kick-started their opportunity to a rewarding career in the resources sector, thanks to support from Glencore Coal.

Katrina-Lee Jones, Director of Skills, Education and Diversity with the QMEA, the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), said the classroom was buzzing as Year 10 students sampled exciting, trade-based activities, increasing their awareness of the skills highly sought-after within the mining industry.

“The biggest hit with the students today was experiencing state-of-the-art virtual welder training technology,” Ms Jones said.

“Thanks to Welding Australia, students tested their welding skills in a safe learning environment, enabling them to trial one of the most in-demand roles in the resources sector.

“The QMEA is all about shining a light on the exciting career opportunities industry has to offer, and our Tradies for a Day workshop exposes students to the vocational pathways they can pursue.”

Human Resources Manager at Glencore Coal, Anthony Exelby said today’s program successfully connected students with some of the company’s most knowledgeable tradespeople, who not only guided students through workshop activities but provided first-hand experience on what life at a mine site looks like.

“Each year, Glencore Coal brings on a new cohort of recruits for its four-year apprenticeship program, and we heavily rely on the talent pipeline that comes from local high schools,” Mr Exelby said.

“By investing in the next generation, we’re contributing to the sustainable growth of our business whilst ensuring the future workforce have the right skills and training for the mines of tomorrow.”

Capella State High School Principal, Ms Gerowyn Lacaze said the school was thrilled to host its second QMEA workshop in the space of 2 weeks.

“As educators, it’s critical we help prepare our students for life after high school,” Ms Lacaze said.

“The fantastic thing about QMEA programs is the alignment of exciting, hands-on workshop tasks with the national science, technology, engineering, and maths curriculum.

“Integrating fun activities with learning outcomes can enhance educational experiences for students, and Capella State High School is proud of its ongoing partnership with the QMEA.”

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 industry and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.

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