First graduates of new mining certificate

The first batch of high school students has successfully completed the new national Certificate II in Resource and Infrastructure Work Preparation course.

A group of Queensland high school students have become the first to successfully complete a new national course aimed at developing skills needed in the resources sector.

The 13 year 12 students have graduated from the Certificate II in Resource and Infrastructure Work Preparation course, which was developed by the national industry skills council SkillsDMC.

According to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the course was designed with the help of the industry to provide students with a working knowledge of risk assessment, hazard management, communication and work procedures.

“This would enable them to hit the ground running when they were employed on a minesite,” the QRC said.

Each student also completed the Certificate I in Resource and Infrastructure Operations as well as the Certificate II in Engineering.

They also undertook a range of extra-curricular activities, including work experience placements at several minesites and at the Mining Industry Skills Centre’s Work Readiness program.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) supported SkillsDMC in getting the course off the ground.

The academy’s director Roger Atkins said the students had demonstrated passion for the industries they had grown up with and were aiming to undertake further resources-related study.

“Each student is determined to complete more units of competency so they can secure another qualification in their senior studies resume,” he said.

“Central Queensland is resource rich and provides enormous wealth to the Queensland economy, so it will certainly reap the rewards of having its own young people come to work and help expand their local industries.”