Rio Tinto partners with Mackay Engineering College

A new partnership between Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Mine and the Mackay Engineering College will look to boost the local trade skills base in the region.

Representatives from each party gathered at the Mackay Engineering
College campus to sign a two-year memorandum of understanding and
celebrate the partnership.

Hail Creek Mine general manager of operations Rowan Munro said it was
with great pleasure that the mine had formalised its long-standing relationship
with the Mackay Engineering College.

“The Memorandum of Understanding builds on the success of several
programs Hail Creek Mine has with the Mackay Engineering College, now aligned
under one robust partnership,” Munro said.

“We
look forward to seeing how learning opportunities presented to students from
today will evolve into a stronger local skills base for Mackay in the future.

“This
partnership is just one way Hail Creek Mine continues to invest in building
capacity and securing a sustainable employment future for the Mackay
region.”

Mackay
Engineering College head Frank Duthler said the partnership was a great
development for the Mackay region.

“The
partnership will provide many opportunities for students to show initiative,
develop a technical and diversified skillet and adopt a mature workplace
mind-set through access to a ‘real life’ work environment and industry
personnel at Hail Creek Mine,” Duthler said.

“We are
proud to continue to create and sustain partnerships across the community to
develop work-ready students and provide pathways for youth into manufacturing
and engineering careers.”

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