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Students get Opportunity to explore Engineering and Trades

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 05:41:37 AM



Indigenous and female students make up nearly half the students taking part in the trade and engineering camps, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) in Mount Isa this week.

Glencore employees will assist 35 Year 11 and 12 students who have the choice of refurbishing push bikes provided by the Mount Isa police department or solving real-life engineering problems on-site at Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Director of Skills, Education and Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones said the QRC has a target of at least 20 per cent women in non-traditional roles by 2020 as the numbers in QMEA programs continues to grow.

“These senior students are only one or two years away from starting an apprenticeship or enrolling in an engineering degree, so the long-term future of our sector to reach diversity goals and ensure an innovative workforce is on track.”

Glencore’s Executive General Manager of Copper, Deon Van der Mescht said the company had a strong focus on ensuring that young people in its resources communities had the opportunity to see and understand the career options available to them in the sector.

“By working side-by-side with Glencore employees, the students gain experience of careers they might not have considered in a realistic industry environment. They’ll learn useful skills, and we hope, be inspired to seek careers as trades-people or engineers,” said Mr Van der Mescht.

“By providing the opportunity to work both on the mine site and in a realistic workshop environment mentored by Glencore experts, the students gain a real insight into some pretty exciting and rewarding careers.”

The Make in Now in Trades (MINT) camp, will be held from 25-30 June 2017 and involves 19 year 12 students from Spinifex, Good Shepherd and Cloncurry schools, while the remaining students would take part in the Make It Now Engineering (MINE) Challenge.

The QMEA is the education arm of the QRC and is a partnership with the Queensland Government through its Industry Gateway Schools Program.

Source Queensland Resources Council

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