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Creating electrical circuits, assembling pumps and using a virtual welder were all on the agenda for Bundaberg and Gin Gin State High School students yesterday.

The students were participating in a Tradies for a Day workshop delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) with the support of Evolution Mining. The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

The workshop immersed Year 10 and 12 students in a series of trade activities involving practical skills, teamwork and problem-solving all under the supervision of a qualified VET project officer from the QMEA.

Bundaberg SHS principal, Craig Martin said the workshop gave the students a taste of the different trade skills in-demand in the resources sector and provided incentive to continue their studies.

“Today’s workshop integrated concepts from Year 10 science, maths, design and technologies subjects, offering great educational value,” said Mr Martin.

Katrina-Lee Jones, Director of Skills, Education, and Diversity at the Queensland Resources Council said students from QMEA schools, like Bundaberg State High, were three times more likely to enter a trade in the resources sector.

“The benefit of the Tradies for a Day program extends beyond the workshop,” said Ms Jones.

“It gives the students a chance to make connections and consider their future career and what subjects they need to study to reach their goal,” she said.

“There is an ongoing demand for trades like electricians, welders, fitters and diesel mechanics in the resources sector and I hope today’s workshop has opened a door for the apprentices of the future.”

The QMEA is an  industry-led education initiative with a network of 100 schools across the state. It is supported by QRC members, industry sponsors and the Queensland Government under the Gateway to Industry Schools program.

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