Meeting of minds at Mount Isa Mines
The students were meant to travel to the mining city earlier in the year, but a COVID-19 lockdown put paid to those plans.
The students have been working on projects with their Mount Isa Mines mentors virtually over the past 10 weeks, and will this week present them face-to-face and experience a taste of life as a resources professional.
As well as discovering how science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) are used every day in the resources sector, the students are learning from their industry mentors about the different opportunities available to them.
“Our staff have been looking forward to demonstrating how teamwork, problem solving and communication are key skills needed for success in our sector,” Glencore Queensland Metals human resources group manager Clint Milner said.
“We hope that it will be a positive experience for the students and encourage them to consider careers in our sector, particularly engineering where we have a shortage of talent.”
QRC director skills and education Katrina-Lee Jones said it was important for students to be aware of the opportunities available in the sector with skills shortages, particularly in engineering and trades.
“It’s why we are currently running a social media campaign to encourage students to consider mining engineering,” she said.
Schools taking part are Spinifex State College, Good Shepherd Catholic College, Kelvin Grove State College, San Sisto College, Wavell State High School, Centenary State High School, and Nanango State High School.
IMAGE: Aliesha Buckley taking a selfie with Mitch Thinee, Sam Howarth, and Calum Ingram during a 'getting to know you' photo scavenger hunt.
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