Xstrata Coal and the NSW Minerals Council will award funding to Hunter students aiming to enter the mining industry.
Named the 2011 Minerals Education Bursary Scheme (MEBS), it is designed to increase interest in mining careers amongst secondary students.
Scheme winner, Maitland Grossman High student Benjamin Bartlett, described himself as ‘thrilled to have been selected as a MEBS recipient’.
“This will greatly help me to achieve my long-term goal of becoming an engineer,” Bartlett said.
NSW Minerals Council deputy CEO Sue-Ern Tan said the scheme demonstrated the industry’s commitment to developing career paths for young people in the Hunter.
“The industry is the cornerstone of the NSW economy. We face a looming skills shortage heading into a new growth phase and maintaining a skilled workforce in an area as important as the Hunter is vital for the State’s economic development,” Tan said.
“This scheme is another example of how the NSW mining industry is contributing to a strong economic future for the Hunter region.”
It provides up to $3500 in financial support to each winner.