Teamwork and communication skills will be on show this week when about 20 years 11 and 12 students from Bundaberg and Gin Gin high schools experience trade careers first hand when they take part in the ‘On the tools at Evolution” program this week (14-16th May).

Presented by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and Evolution Mining, trades people from the company’s Mount Rawdon operation will mentor the students in a simulated work environment at Bundaberg State High School.

They’ll have three days to build a model car from sheet steel using several trade skills.

“Evolution Mining is proud to partner with the QMEA and on these opportunities to provide this valuable hands-on experience to the students from the Bundaberg and Gin Gin state high schools,” said Evolution Mining’s Mount Rawdon’s People & Culture Manager, Penny Johnson.

“Even though technology pervades almost every occupation, including trades, it is one area where teamwork, communication and good hand skills are still required,” she said.

“We’ll be keeping an eye out for outstanding students who are interested in staying in the local communities and might wish to join our workforce in the next year or two.”

“Our students are very excited about this opportunity,” said Bundaberg State High School Principal Karen McCord.

“For the students to be able to talk directly with trades people and learn about the various trade occupations is invaluable,” she said.

“It’s also great for them to see how the theory they learn in the classroom can be related to every-day work.”

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