The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) education arm Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is now featured in 100 schools across the state.
QMEA is Australia’s largest industry-led education and schools initiative and welcomed Brisbane Boy’s College (BBC) as its 100th partner school on November 30. BBC will accompany 46 other south-east Queensland schools and 53 regional schools.
QRC chief executive officer Ian Macfarlane said that the feat was made possible due to QMEA’s determination in equipping the next generation of resources workers with hands-on trade and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning experiences.
“The QMEA is having a profound impact on shaping the future leaders of Queensland’s resource and energy sector and building up our pipeline of future talent,” he said.
“Young people will play a crucial role in driving forward the changes needed for our industry to decarbonise our operations and we welcome their values-driven motivation to make a difference in the world.”
In 2023, QMEA delivered more than 200 trade and STEM-oriented workshops and camps to around 5600 students and 420 teachers throughout Queensland.
Queensland Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer said QMEA is an important pillar of the Queensland Government’s Gateway to Industry Schools Program.
“The Queensland Government is creating a skilled workforce to meet today’s needs and those of the future. Our partnership with the Queensland Resources Council provides a talent pipeline of employees into the resources sector and other supporting STEM industries,” she said.
“By engaging students in projects like the STEM Big Days, new “Future Hy-Way” workshops, and the successful QMEA/WIMARQ Girls Mentoring Program, QMEA is helping to grow and diversify our future resources workforce.”
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