Several Year 11 and 12 students from Biloela and Moura in Queensland are to take part this week in an immersive trade careers camp set up by Anglo American and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland Resources Council (QRC).
The sixteen students (12 boys and four girls) are to work on a project with apprentices of Anglo American’s Dawson open cut coal mine and will also be given the chance to visit the mine for themselves. They will be exposed to a realistic work environment and design and complete their projects at Moura State High School in a simulated workshop.
It is the second year Anglo American has brought the camp to Moura and is an experience Dawson mine general manager Clarence Robertson said encouraged students to consider trade careers, providing local employment opportunities.
“This experience provides hands-on, practical experience for the students to see possible career pathways into the mining industry, which is often hard to envisage,” he said.
Katrina-Lee Jones, QRC director skills education and diversity, said she was delighted that a quarter of the participants were girls.
“Currently, women make up just three percent of our trades people in our sector in Queensland, and these camps will help girls see that trades can be for them,” she said.
“At a time when we are experiencing skills shortages in our industry, it is hoped the young people who participate in the camp will go onto successful careers in the sector.”