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Oresome opportunity for mining-minded students

10 December 2021

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An elite group of 16 students from high schools across Queensland have set off on a week-long camp where they’ll experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of the resources sector from pit to port. 

The Year 10 and 11 students, drawn from schools across Queensland, are spending an unforgettable week where they’ll learn from resources industry professionals at two BMA operational sites.

The inaugural ARISE Oresome Minds Camp runs from 12 to 17 December and is facilitated by Australian Resources Industry Skills and Education (ARISE) and supported by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

Aimed at students who are pursuing a professional pathway in the resources sector, the six-day immersive experience offers them an unparalleled opportunity to go behind the scenes at BMA’s Caval Ridge Mine in Moranbah and Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay.

ARISE Manager of Skills and Education Matthew Heskett said that he was pleased to be able to offer talented students such a valuable learning experience. “This is the very first ARISE Oresome Minds Camp, and it will give students insight into the supply chain complexities involved in producing a product from extraction to export.”

“The students will be working in groups on a project devising a strategy and processes to deliver a hypothetical new coal product to market,” Matthew explained. “Students will investigate blending and pricing strategies while also evaluating the logistics involved in fulfilling customer orders.”

The camp kicked off in Moranbah, where students stayed at Civeo’s Coppabella village and worked alongside BMA staff at Caval Ridge Mine. From there, they’ve moved east to stay at CQUniversity’s Canefield College and will experience working life at BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal. They’ll also tour Mackay’s Resources Centre of Excellence.

Caval Ridge Mine General Manager Brad Prytherch said the course will enable students to gain a more rounded understanding of the various career pathways available in the resources sector.

“These students are fortunate to be gaining real-world insight into the roles of geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists, mining and mechanical engineers and other key roles on site. We are excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the students, and we look forward to seeing them working back in our business in future years, as professionals contributing to our industry.”

Students attending this event have come from:
·       Australian Industry Trade College, Maroochydore
·       Bundamba State Secondary College, Ipswich
·       Centenary State High School. Brisbane
·       Kelvin Grove State College, Brisbane
·       Mackay Northern Beaches State High School
·       Moranbah State High School
·       North Rockhampton State High School
·       Pimlico State High School, Townsville
·       Redeemer Lutheran College, Rochedale (Brisbane)
·       Rockhampton Girls Grammar School
·       St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Brisbane
·       St Rita’s College, Brisbane
·       The Cathedral College, Rockhampton
·       Villanova College, Brisbane
·       Wavell State High School, Brisbane

The Australian Resources Industry Skills and Education (ARISE) Initiative was established to broaden the geographic reach of the highly-successful industry-led education and skills training initiative, QMEA, in states and territories across Australia.

The initiative encourages secondary school students into STEM-related careers in the resources sector, with a focus on female and indigenous participation. The initiative is made possible through the support of foundation partners, BHP and BMA, and provides students and teachers the opportunity to experience the resources sector operations through on-site and in-school activities, flagship camps, and scholarships.

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