Four engineering students are getting hands-on experience at Gladstone’s Yarwun alumina refinery during their Christmas-New Year break.
They include Chien-Yi Wang and Kai Yee Soo from the University of Queensland, Bethany Collins from CQ University and Nishtha Vyas from the Queensland University of Technology.
Rio Tinto Yarwun general manager Mark Gilmore said the two-months of on-the-job experience would be invaluable for the university students.
“For these engineering students, spending time in a workplace like Yarwun complements their academic studies because they can put what they learn into practice. It’s also the best way to expand their knowledge of the industry,” he said.
Rio Tinto’s Yarwun Refinery has an annual intake of university students for its vacation work program, with many of those students going on to Rio Tinto’s graduate recruitment program.
The university program runs in tandem with Yarwun’s work experience program, which is offered to high school students in the Gladstone region who are considering a trade or profession in the resources industry.
“Whether it’s a professional or trade career a young person wants to pursue, Yarwun is a place where they can take the first steps,” Mr Gilmore said.
“Securing a placement in the vacation program is competitive and we see it as our way of nurturing the next generation of talent in a fast-changing resources sector.”
The four students currently working at Yarwun will end their vacation work program in time to continue their university studies in 2021.