A careers forum targeted at young girls has introduced them to what’s involved with work in the resource sector.
Over 150 year ten students from nine Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) schools across the region heard from female professionals employed with coal seam gas (CSG) companies QGC, Origin and Santos at the ‘4Girls2’ forum.
The girls were given access to the first-hand experiences of 12 women working in trades, operator and professional roles as well as hands-on activities facilitated by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
These included experiments with real-life CSG scenarios such as water testing, hydraulics, remote access, GPS mapping, soil testing and process control.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the CSG boom in the Surat Basin will result in of thousands of new jobs that will need to be filled.
“Queensland is confronting a widespread skills shortage, and encouraging women to consider non-traditional roles such as trades, geology and engineering is making a difference,” Roche said.
‘Currently in the Queensland resources sector, women make up 11 percent of the industry’s workforce in non-traditional areas, and QRC members have committed to a 20 percent target by 2020.
‘For young women on the verge of making senior subject selections and career choices, these forums contribute significantly to expanding their options.’
4Girls2 is an initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and supporting sponsor companies QGC, Origin and Santos.
The QMEA works with 30 state and independent schools throughout Queensland to guide young people into careers in the resources sector.
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