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Students from Ignatius Park College in Townsville will have the opportunity to try a trade when they take part in an upcoming Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA) ‘Tradies for a Day’ workshop today (18 March).

Designed to give students a hands-on taste of trade careers, the workshop includes practical and technical trade activities, as well as opportunities to hear from tradespeople and other industry experts about their roles in the minerals and energy sectors.

With the help of industry representatives from Bravus Mining and Resources, 20 students will complete a range of industry-relevant activities covering auto electrical, pneumatic, mechanical and drawing components.

“The career prospects for the students are numerous including becoming electricians, diesel fitters, boiler makers and mechanical engineers,” said Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Director of Skills, Education & Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones.

“Our aim is to transition young people from school to work while completing school and gaining formal qualifications,” she said.

“Adani is proud to participate in this event which helps students understand the opportunities and career paths on offer, including trade careers,” said CEO of Bravus Mining and Resources, David Boshoff.

“With our mining, renewables, and infrastructure assets based in Queensland, we want to ensure local children are benefiting from our support,” he said.

“We want them to know about the many opportunities open to them in our sector, that can potentially bring them back to their home-towns and keep regional communities strong, while building the skilled workforce that we need.”

Shaun Clarke, Ignatius Park College Principal said it was important for students to have access to first-hand experiences of future career paths so that they can make informed decisions and select appropriate subjects for senior school.

“We very much value the partnership with Bravus Mining and Resources made possible by the QMEA,” he said.

Media contact: Ellie Blumel – 0448122948 or ellieb@qc.org.au

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