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The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) will today (27 May) encourage more than 80 students from Gladstone to step out and explore the many local options for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

Year 10 students from Tannum Sands, Toolooa and Gladstone state high schools and Chanel College will take part in the ‘STEM Stepping’ workshop thanks to the QMEA, the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

Supported by ConocoPhillips Australia, downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, students will also visit the Australia Pacific LNG and Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) businesses to gain unique insight into their daily operations.

Students will learn more about the various career opportunities available to them in the resources sector including engineering, environment, laboratory and testing, instrumentation and fitting, WPH&S.

The day will finish at CQUniversity (CQU) for an afternoon of hands-on activities linked to some of the careers showcased in the morning. CQU’s Engineering Professor Ashfaque Chowdhury will be on hand to lead one of the activities.

“This opportunity comes at an excellent time as the students are embarking on their senior subject selection,” said QRC’s Policy Director of Skills, Education and Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones.

“It’s important students understand how studying STEM subjects can open the door to so many rewarding career paths in the resources sector,” she said.

“’STEM Stepping’ continues to be a standout day in showcasing the range of career opportunities that are available in Gladstone and within the operations of Australia Pacific LNG,” said ConocoPhillips Australia’s Manager Communities and Sustainable Development, Rob Gibb.

“We know first-hand that this day has encouraged and motivated students to choose a particular career thanks to the conversations and insights of ‘STEM Stepping’,” he said.

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 in the resources sector.

The academy is largely funded by QRC members and sponsors, and currently delivers hands-on workshops and programs to 80 Queensland schools. The QMEA has a focus on increasing female and Indigenous participation and is part of the Gateway to Industry Schools Program which is supported and funded by the Queensland Government.

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