New skills for Queensland students

Minister for Resources The Honourable Scott Stewart

A Townsville mining workshop is showcasing the benefits of a career in mining for regional students.

Visiting Pimlico State High School for the Tradies for a Day workshop, organised by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the event was about showcasing the opportunities that were available in the resources sector.

“It is an exciting time to join the resources industry which has been so important in Queensland’s economic recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Stewart said.

“There are many opportunities for young people to secure work in the industry and that’s what today’s QMEA event is all about.

“There are more than 68,000 resource workers across our state and this highly skilled workforce helps our state generate about $48 billion in resources exports each year.”

Mr Stewart said it was exciting to return as Resources Minister to Pimlico State High School, where he was principal before entering politics.

“The resources sector is such an important part of North Queensland’s economy,” Mr Stewart said.

“Being able to return to Pimlico State High School and see these young students take part in the QMEA workshop is amazing.

“The resources industry delivers jobs for North Queensland and gives greater opportunities for the kids in our classrooms today.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said QMEA demonstrated how Queensland schools prepared young people with the skills and knowledge business and industry needed into the future.

“We want to ensure that young people have the right skills for our regional economies to recover and grow and so those young people can secure well-paid, secure jobs in their region,” she said.

“That’s why Government continues its QMEA partnership with the resources sector, and will invest another $45 million to build and upgrade modern training facilities at schools across the state.

“That includes $2.6 million here in Townsville for an enhanced aquaponics facility at Pimlico and a refurbished science lab and advanced manufacturing training at Thuringowa State High.”

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QMEA, which is the education arm of the QRC, had a vital role to play in encouraging students to consider a VET or STEM-related career in resources.

“The QMEA is going from strength to strength as more educators, parents and students become aware of the career opportunities and pathways available to young people who want a job in resources,” he said.

Mr Macfarlane commended the Minister on his support for the program, saying his mentorship had the potential to leave a lasting impression on bright young students’ minds.

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