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Biloela students become tradies for a day

Local students were tested on the tools as part of the second annual ‘Tradies for a Day’ event this month, presented by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and Batchfire Resources.

Year 10 students from Biloela State High School and Redeemer Lutheran College were given the opportunity to explore trade-based activities like welding and wiring, with highly-skilled Batchfire Resources tradespeople showing them the ropes.

“Under the expert guidance of experienced mentors from Batchfire Resources, students are rotating through a diverse range of trade activities, gaining valuable skills and insights into careers such as electrical work, mechanical engineering, pneumatics and even welding,” said QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina Jones.

“Recognising the enduring demand for skilled tradespeople and the critical role they play in shaping the resources and energy sector, our workshop creates a secure and interactive environment for students to step into the role of an apprentice for the day.”

The innovative experience allowed students to learn in a hands-on environment, much like an apprentice would, while also exposing them to the vast array of career options within the resources sector.

“Our school has a strong focus on innovative teaching methods, and we’re proud to once again host the QMEA’s ‘Tradies for a Day’ workshop, providing students with a glimpse into the vast array of opportunities available in trades,” said Biloela State High School Principal, Natasha Bunn.

“Trade careers have long been an integral part of the resources industry’s fabric, and as educators we want our students to know there are exciting tertiary education and vocational pathways available to them.”

Batchfire’s continued support of QMEA initiatives, as one of the region’s largest employers, highlights a commitment to the next generation of resource industry professionals.

“From wiring a circuit board to trying out welding through advanced augmented reality technology, we hope these sessions will equip students with the necessary tools and insights to embark on successful trade-based careers,” said Batchfire Resources CEO, Allan Fidock.

“Batchfire Resources is one of Callide Valley’s largest employers and our partnership with the QMEA plays a critical role in helping us support regional skills development while showcasing the many vocational pathways on offer to the local community.”

As Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and schools initiative, the QMEA seeks to broaden student and teacher knowledge of career opportunities in resources, engaging with 98 schools.

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