Moranbah and Mackay students ditched manuals for tools when they became a trade for the day.
Organized by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and supported by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), the All Female Tradies for a Day event enabled high school students to learn the ropes from industry professionals Resource.
Students from Moranbah and Dysart State High Schools, and Sarina, Pioneer and Mackay Northern Beaches State High Schools, worked alongside industry representatives on commerce-based activities that simulated world scenarios real.
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Mentored by tradespeople and apprentices from BHP and BMA, the young women got a hands-on taste of a variety of trades and career opportunities available to young people in each region.
The all-female event aimed to educate young women about career paths in the resource sector, help them understand the industry and give them practical advice on applying for apprenticeships.
QMEA’s director of skills and education, Matthew Heskett, said the events underscored the importance of securing a diverse talent pool in resource industry trades.
“It is important that we give students – especially female students – the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their future careers,” he said.
“These workshops have been designed to be informative and practical, but also inspiring; there are so many opportunities for young women in our rapidly changing mining industry.”
General Manager of BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal, Linda Murry, said it was important to provide an all-female format for the events.
“We want young women to know that we actively seek their participation in our workforce and that there are exciting and rewarding career opportunities for them,” she said.
“We know that diverse workplaces are stronger and that women in trades will play a vital role in the resource industry in the future.”
The events were held at Pioneer State High School and Moranbah State High School to coincide with International Women’s Day with over 20 local female students attending each event.
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