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Mining programme to begin at Mount Isa mine

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Global Mining Review,

This week, students living from Brisbane to Queensland’s far north west (Australia) will get the chance to explore potential future mining careers when they attend an engineering camp in the iconic mining city of Mount Isa.

The students will go onsite at Glencore’s Mount Isa mine in Queensland for the Make It Now in Engineering (MINE) challenge in which they will solve real-world problems.

According to the Queensland Resources Council, they will be mentored and guided by Glencore staff, before presenting their project to senior Glencore mining professionals.

Meanwhile, local students from Mount Isa and Cloncurry schools interested in trades will work with Glencore apprentices who will help them to assemble a powered pushbike, using bike parts rescued from the dump.

The event is to take place at the Spinifex College Trade Training centre where they will work in a simulated mine site environment.

The bikes will be judged by Glencore Management and a winner will be selected based on criteria such as safety, design and attention to detail.

The camps, run annually by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) encourage students to consider science technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related occupations and trade careers.

Manager of Human Resources for Glencore’s North Queensland operations Leanne Ryder said the company was very proud to support local kids to engage in STEM subjects through such an innovative programme.

“These camps are highly regarded by Glencore as we know a high proportion of students who attend end up on STEM or trade career pathways,” Ryder added.

“This programme is really important in not only demonstrating the kind of careers kids can pursue in resources, but also in equipping the next generation of technical specialists with the skills they need to drive and grow the sector, which plays such a critical role in the health of our nation’s economy.”

The QMEA is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools programme. It has 46 schools throughout Queensland.

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