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Moura State High School students will get a taste of what it’s like to be on the tools when they take part in the popular Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) ‘Tradies for a Day’ workshop today (29 April).

As the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the QMEA delivers programs and workshops across the state to introduce students to a range of trade activities that take place every day in the resources sector.

“Thanks to dedicated industry representatives from Anglo American, 20 eager Year 10 students will today experience hands-on and interactive trade-related challenges to prepare them for the jobs of the future,” QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones said today.

“Anglo American is very pleased to continue our support for QMEA. This workshop at Moura State High School will expose students to a variety of industry skills including auto electrical, mechanical and pneumatic systems through hands-on activities, while being mentored by our industry representatives,” said General Manager of Anglo American’s Dawson Mine, Clarence Robertson.

“It’s important local students understand the varied and fulfilling range of trade opportunities available to them, and our team will share their experiences of working and building great careers in the resources sector,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time for our students as the QMEA workshops offer them a deeper insight into the different real-world careers available and skills required in the resources sector,” Moura State High School’s Principal James Lye said today.

The QMEA is Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and skills training initiative and seeks to broaden student and teacher knowledge of VET and STEM career opportunities available in the resources sector.

The academy encourages a talent pipeline of employees into VET and STEM-related careers, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. Currently engaging with 80 schools, the QMEA is part of the Gateway to Industry Schools Program, proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government.

The QRC is Queensland’s peak body for coal, metal and gas explorers, producers and suppliers across the resources sector. It contributes one in every five dollars to the state economy, sustains one in six Queensland jobs, supports more than 15,000 businesses and contributes to more than 1,200 community organisations – all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.

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