Students prepare for new world of work

Local students will today have hands-on experience of the high-level science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) skills that will be needed for the jobs of the future.

Students at Kingston State College will work alongside visiting resources sector professionals as they complete STEM-related tasks that are linked to the school curriculum and the real world of work.

The workshop is being conducted by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy.

“With linear careers far less common our young people will need a portfolio of skills and capabilities to navigate the more complex world of work of the 21st Century,” said Kingston State College Principal Francine Barker.

“We very much appreciate the industry personnel from Glencore Coal and Shell’s QGC business coming to the school and demonstrating how classroom work relates to the workplace, and what they need to do to navigate a pathway from school into these careers,” she said.

“Glencore Coal staff are committed to mentoring our next generation and helping them understand what it will take for them to have successful STEM-related careers,” said Glencore Coal’s Anthony Exelby, Senior HR Coordinator.

“Technology is constantly changing the face of work in the resources sector and it’s important students learn how to problem solve and collaborate to be able to successfully move into the jobs of the future,” said Katrina Mullin, Production Excellence Manager at Shell’s QGC Business.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is the peak representative body for Queensland ‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every five dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 15,400 businesses and community organisations across the State, all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.

The QMEA is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 60 schools throughout Queensland.

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