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Gladstone students will become skilled in supply chain logistics and management in today’s (18 March) ‘Pit to Port’ workshop presented by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

Pit to Port is a program that places students right in the thick of the exciting and dynamic world of the gas supply chain – designed to challenge students’ minds in mathematics, logistics, communications and teamwork with the help from experts in the resources sector.

Industry representatives from ConocoPhillips Australia, NRG, QER, Boyne Smelter Limited and Gladstone Ports Corporation will be on hand to provide help to the students from Tannum Sands, Toolooa, Gladstone state high schools and Chanel College who will attend the workshop at Gladstone’s CQUniversity Marina Campus.

“Working in teams, the students will gain knowledge to better understand the export business through the supply chain process and learn about workplace health and safety, fleet management, and port and harbour operations,” said Katrina-Lee Jones Director of Skills, Education and Diversity at the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

“Students today will manage fleets, identify workplace health and safety plans as well as timetable tugs to get shipping tankers off the port at the right time,” Ms Jones said.

“The day will finish with the teams providing a presentation of their Pit to Port operations to a mock company board and demonstrate how they have managed the variations of these sites effectively for the best result,” she said.

“Hearing first-hand about different career options and how to get onto those pathways is invaluable for students who are starting to think about the direction their senior studies will take,” said Robert Gibb, ConocoPhillips Australia Manager Communities and Sustainable Development.

“This exercise also helps students realise the connections between their classroom lessons and the world of work,” he said.

“Our students and teachers enjoy the experience of Pit to Port, it brings the supply chain world, existing in their own backyard directly to their tables,” said Heather Blessington, Principal of Tannum Sands State School.

“The opportunity for our students to work alongside people from the local resource sector is greatly valued, and highlights to our students the opportunities existing in their local community,” she said.


Media contact: Ellie Blumel – 0448122948 or ellieb@qrc.org.au

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