A partnership between Western Cape College and Rio Tinto Weipa has been named the winner for Excellence in Industry Partnerships at the Queensland Government Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, held in Brisbane on Friday.
The decade long partnership between the remote school and Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine was recognised for the creation of career pathways and delivery of strong education outcomes for local indigenous and non-indigenous people in Cape York.
Rio Tinto general manager of Weipa Operations, Gareth Manderson said “Our partnership is certainly a world class example of a successful industry partnership with outcomes spanning from individual students, to an entire region.”
Around 30 per cent of the Western Cape population is under 14 years compared to a QLD state average of 20 per cent, leaving an opportunity for both the school and the mining company to support the development of the region through education.
The partnership provides graduates with an opportunity to have work experience and graduate placement through scholarships offered by Rio Tinto.
Both the school and the community are placed at an advantage due to the partnership that leverages resources to create a sustainable pipeline of talent across Western Cape communities.