Students from Kingston State College, a newly minted Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) school, have experienced what it’s like to be a tradie today.
In a first for the College, tradies from Queensland’s resources sector helped 20 students learn basic trade skills and share their experiences to help students follow in their footsteps.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Director Skills Education and Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones said supporting schools was part of the resources sectors responsibility to provide career pathways for young students.
‘This important program provides pathways into our great resources sector and ensures that these young minds are provided with the knowledge and the opportunities it needs,’ she said.
‘Current data shows 9 per cent of QMEA students found work in the resources sector compared to 2 per cent of students from non-QMEA schools.’
The QMEA is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools Program with 46 schools across the state.
QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland ‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every $6 dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 16,400 businesses across the State all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.
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