QMEA holds mining careers camp in Mount Isa

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Locals and Brisbane students will this week get a closer look at mining careers at an engineering camp in Mount Isa.

The would-be engineers will go onsite at Glencore’s Mount Isa Mine for the Make It Now in Engineering (MINE) challenge in which they’ll solve real-world problems. They will be mentored by Glencore staff, before presenting their project to senior Glencore mining professionals.

Local school students interested in trades will work with Glencore apprentices who will help them to assemble a powered pushbike, using bike parts rescued from the dump. The event will take place at the Spinifex College Trade Training centre where they’ll work in a simulated mine-site environment.

The bikes will be judged by Glencore Management and a winner selected based on criteria such as safety, design and attention to detail.

Matt O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer Glencore North Queensland Copper Assets briefs the students on the first day.

Matt O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer Glencore North Queensland Copper Assets briefs the students on the first day.

Manager of Human Resources for Glencore’s North Queensland operations Leanne Ryder said they were proud to support local kids to engage in STEM subjects through such an innovative program.

“These camps are highly regarded by Glencore as we know a high proportion of students who attend end up on STEM or trade career pathways,” Mrs Ryder said.

“This program is really important in not only demonstrating the kind of careers kids can pursue in resources, but also in equipping the next generation of technical specialists with the skills they need to drive and grow the sector, which plays such a critical role in the health of our nation’s economy.”

The QMEA is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program at 46 schools throughout Queensland.

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