MP Scott Stewart’s school teaching days may be behind him, but the Resources Minister has fronted up for a ‘Tradies for a Day’ workshop at Moranbah State High School.
Twenty students took part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy all-girls event this week.
They heard from Anglo American tradespeople about the skills needed to follow in their footsteps as well as the many career opportunities available in the resources sector.
Prior to entering State Parliament in 2015, Mr Stewart was principal of Pimlico State High School in Townsville, which is also QMEA school.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said he was delighted to see so much local interest in the Moranbah workshop.
“The QMEA was set up to encourage high school students to consider a career in resources by exposing them to real-world mining experiences and school-based skills training, with an emphasis on encouraging diversity and inclusion across our workforce,” he said
“The QMEA is going from strength to strength as more educators, parents and students became aware of the career opportunities and pathways available to young people who want a job in resources.”
He said QMEA was in 80 Queensland schools and was still expanding, thanks to a partnership with the State Government through its Gateway to Industry Schools Program.
General manager of Anglo American’s Moranbah North Mine, Paul Stephan, said increasing gender diversity in underground mining was a key focus for the company.
“So we’re pleased to support QMEA in helping to encourage more girls into trade careers,” he said.
“Through initiatives like our Balancing the Team female trainee program, we are fostering an inclusive and diverse culture for all our team members.”