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There wasn’t a shovel in sight when Year 10 students from Pioneer and Mackay State High Schools set about digging up the benefits of studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in senior school and the potential career pathways available in the resources sector.

Year 10 students at both schools participated in a STEM Unearthed workshop which explored how further studies in subjects like geology, chemistry and engineering can lead to meaningful careers as geologists, metallurgists, mining engineers and more.

The workshop was delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) – the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council, with the support of BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

Linda Murry, General Manager of BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal said many of the students were interested in pursuing STEM studies in Years 11 and 12, with the idea of ultimately joining the resources sector.

“We are keen to encourage and support the next generation of professionals entering the resources workforce,” she said.

“It was great for our team members to have the opportunity to engage with students about the benefits of joining our exciting sector, which offers a rewarding career, competitive salaries and a great work-life balance.”

Mackay State High School Acting Principal, Matt Reeves said the workshop was particularly valuable for students deciding on their subject selection for Year 11.

“Talking to industry professionals about their career journey provides the students with a unique picture of potential careers they will not get anywhere else. I hope this workshop has ignited their interest in continuing STEM studies and ultimately a professional role in resources,” said Mr Reeves.

Katrina-Lee Jones, QRC Director for Diversity, Skills and Education, said the STEM Unearthed workshop was popular with the students and industry.

“One of the QMEAs goals is to highlight the great career opportunities available to students and create a pipeline of new talent for the resources workforce,” said Ms Jones.

“Our partnership with BHP Mitsubishi Alliance for this workshop has enabled us to share educational information on mining operations with real-life context from industry professionals.”

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