DEAL STRUCK: Representatives from Hail Creek Mine, the Mackay Engineering College and its student cohort and staff from Sarina State High School, Mackay North High School and Mirani State High School gather at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mackay Engineering College and Hail Creek Mine.
DEAL STRUCK: Representatives from Hail Creek Mine, the Mackay Engineering College and its student cohort and staff from Sarina State High School, Mackay North High School and Mirani State High School gather at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mackay Engineering College and Hail Creek Mine. Contributed

Rio Tinto and Mackay Engineering College join forces

A NEW partnership between Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine and the Mackay Engineering College will boost the trade skill base in Mackay.

Representatives from each party signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding and celebrated the partnership.

Hail Creek Mine general manager operations Rowan Munro said it was with great pleasure that Hail Creek Mine had formalised its long-standing relationship with the Mackay Engineering College.

"The Memorandum of Understanding builds on the success of several programs Hail Creek Mine has with the Mackay Engineering College, now aligned under one robust partnership.

"We look forward to seeing how learning opportunities presented to students from today will evolve into a stronger local skills base for Mackay in the future.

"This partnership is just one way Hail Creek Mine continues to invest in building capacity and securing a sustainable employment future for the Mackay region."

Mackay Engineering College head Frank Duthler said the Mackay Engineering College and Hail Creek Mine partnership was a great development for the Mackay region.

"The partnership will provide many opportunities for students to show initiative, develop a technical and diversified skillet and adopt a mature workplace mind-set through access to a 'real life' work environment and industry personnel at Hail Creek Mine.

"We are proud to continue to create and sustain partnerships across the community to develop work-ready students and provide pathways for youth into manufacturing and engineering careers."

The benefits:

  • A $10,000 sponsorship program to enhance the learning experience.
  • The 'Tools for Schools' program to build business skills.
  • Industry and professional experience program.

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