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Gladstone students saw their school projects come to life this week when they visited Santos GLNG’s Curtis Island site in an event organised by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council. 

 Students from Gladstone, Tannum Sands and Toolooa state high schools and Chanel College spent term two learning about careers in the gas sector by building animations, quizzes, games and a websites that showcase the skills required for these careers.  

 “A group of students was selected to bring their projects to the island to share their amazing skills with the Santos GLNG team,” said Matthew Heskett, QMEA’s Manager, Skills & Education 

 “They gained hands-on experience with the digital design and technology skills they learned while creating their classroom projects,” he said. 

 “It’s important for students to see how their classroom work is applied in a real world of work situation and acquire an understanding of the careers that can result.” 

 “Santos GLNG welcomed this talented group to site after a long break without visitors due to COVID-19,” Stephen Harty, Chief Executive Officer, GLNG Operations. 

 Our personnel look forward to showcasing their career and skills pathways into the gas sector,” he said.  

  “Students will receive hands-on experiences in medical response, engineering, control room operations, laboratory, mechanical maintenance and workplace health and safety before showing off their projects to our leadership team.  

  “It’s always very hard to judge just one winner from the students’ presentations.” 

 As Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and skills 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 VET and STEM-related careers, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. The QMEA currently engages with 80 schools and is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.       

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