Copper Refinery Limited, Townsville

Kirwan State High school students have swapped their classrooms for the copper refinery to see the opportunities that await them in Queensland’s resources sector.

About 20 students visited Glencore’s Townsville Copper Refinery as part of a ‘Toolkit for Schoolkids’ day organised by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

Townsville Copper Refinery employees were on hand to mentor the students and give them first-hand information on resource-related careers, and advice on pathways to trade occupations.

Glencore is proud to be a supporter of QMEA’s activities and our employees very much enjoy mentoring the students when they come on site said Manager Townville Copper Refinery Paul Taylor.

“We’re one of the world’s leading electrolytic copper refineries and it’s important for students to learn how technology is transforming the processing and refining of mineral resources and the possibilities for their future,” Mr Taylor said.

“We are committed to building meaningful employment pathways into the resource sector and mentorship opportunities such as this are a great way for young people to get their foot-in-the-door.”

Kirwan State High School Executive Principal Meredith Wenta said it was important for students to have a good understanding of the range of careers available to them.

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