HANDS-ON: Nanango State High School students have a go at building industry experience.
HANDS-ON: Nanango State High School students have a go at building industry experience. Contributed

PHOTOS: Nanango students get hands-on career experience

NANANGO students had the chance to 'try before they buy' when they experienced a 'hands-on' taste of trade and professional careers this week.  

About 40 Nanango High School students took part in Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) events, run at the school.  

Downer employees helped the students through hands-on activities at separate events in the school's science lab and trade centre, and provided mentoring on subject selection for senior school and career paths, based on their own experiences.  

"STEM for Schoolkids and Toolkit for Schoolkids workshops help Year 10 students interested in pursuing a professional or trade pathway when they complete their schooling," Downer's General Manager Talent, Clare Hudson said.

 "Supporting the QMEA is an important part of our commitment to our local communities.

"These experiences support young people by exposing them to the many and varied careers and career paths into the resources sector.  

"I know our employees thoroughly enjoy these events and we hope to see the students join the resources workforce following their studies."   

Meandu Mine Site representatives attended the events to provide guidance and support to the students with their activities.

Site manager Dan Redman said it was a great experience.

"It's important local youth have opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and maths, and we are so pleased to be part of that," he said.

"Our people always enjoy a day in the classroom supporting who we hope will be the engineers of the future." 

QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland 's resource sector.   

The Queensland resources sector provides one in every $6 dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 16,400 businesses 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 46 schools throughout Queensland.

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