Pathways paved for STEM savvy students

17 March 2017

Resources professionals descended on two Brisbane schools to show the students how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects can lead to a career in the sector.

Around 100 students attended the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy workshops (QMEA) held over two days at Wavell and Alexandra Hills State High Schools.

The students worked in groups to complete a series of challenges and hands-on activities around the different disciplines of science and engineering related professions in the resources sector.

Industry mentors from QMEA sponsors BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and Glencore were on-hand to provide an insight in pursuing a career in engineering or science.

Glencore’s Human Resources Manager Leanne Ryder said the students are also given the unique opportunity to network with the mentors to further understand more about their roles, career paths and what they do every day.

“Our aim is to motivate and inspire young minds to follow a pathway into science, technology, engineering and maths,” said Ms Ryder.

“The mining and resources sector is one that is technologically advanced and we need people with high levels of skills in these areas, now and into the future.

“Our employees thoroughly enjoy the interaction with the students and are more than willing to share their own experiences of study and career pathways as well as the day-to-day functions of the job.”

QMEA is the education and skills arm of the Queensland Resources Council and is tasked with providing pathways for students into the resources sector. It is a partnership between the resources sector and government through the Gateway to Industry Schools Program.

QRC Director of Skills Katrina-Lee Jones said the program shows the students just how diverse a role in the resource sector can be and how many different professional career pathways there are in STEM.

“We need more students entering science and mathematical professions and experiences such as these inspire students to take up STEM subjects and careers,” Ms Jones said.

“Sometimes it is one interaction with a mentor that can have a profound influence on a student and lead them to a role in the sector.”

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Media contact: QRC Anthony Donaghy 0412 450 360 & Angela Harper 0414 712 605