The Curtin University of Technolgy’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) signed a memorandum of understanding with Paddington Gold Mine at the Diggers and Dealers conference this week.
The agreement aims to create more education, professional development and research opportunities.
Paddington will also have the opportunity to work with students and identify which graduates would best suit its workplace.
According to the University’s vice-chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket, “This agreement will help create the opportunity for more projects, providing students with better chances of securing work experience.”
“The signing of this agreement formalises and improves WASM’s existing links with industry and locks in practical applications for what students learn in the classroom,” she said.
WASM director Professor Paul Dunn believes the agreement will ensure that students receive a high standard of vocational education and experience unparalleled links with industry.
“An important part of attending WASM is the knowledge that you will receive real exposure to the mining industry,” he said.
“We do our best to ensure that as many students as possible receive vocational training and have the best chance possible of finding employment when they graduate.
“Some of the mine’s staff already lecture at WASM and collaborative research work in metallurgy is already underway.”