The path to the mines

Over two days, a special ‘Get into Resources’ event at Central Institute of Technology engaged high school students with presentations, activities and talks that gave a snapshot of the career prospects available in the industry.

Get into Resources is an annual event held for Year 10 secondary school students who are about to make their career choices and subject selection for senior school. Students rotate through a series of 30 minute activities and presentations from a range of resources careers.

The workshops featured intimate insights into a range of occupations from industry professionals. These included geologists, surveyors, metallurgists, environmental scientists, engineers, health and safety, human resources, technicians and tradespeople. The workshops help Year 10 students prepare the appropriate school subjects for their specific area of interest.

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Current resource industry workers working at the event gave the students an opportunity to meet and chat with people already working in the industry who could answer any queries and tell their own stories of working in the field.

Students also had the opportunity to visit the CUT Mine, Central’s unique, simulated underground mining tunnel which plays a key role in preparing skilled and productive workers for the industry. Graduates who train in the facility are able to report for induction at their respective companies already experienced in underground mining safety and protocol.

The Get into Resources event is well supported by resource companies and other organisations that are keen to address the predicted shortfall in trained and qualified personnel the resources industry may face in the future. For students looking to enter the industry, this annual showcase remains the ideal place to discover the study and skill paths that can take them there.

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Schools dig Get into Mining

On 27-28 June 2013 Central hosted ‘Get Into Mining’, our annual interactive mining careers Expo for high school children. This voluntary initiative first started in 2012 and was the brainchild of Meryl Jones, mother of two and geologist at St Barbara Limited.

Meryl wanted to provide an opportunity for her boys to see what jobs are available in mining and resources to help them make the right choices for their future education should they choose a career in the field.

This is a unique and much needed forum for high school children, giving them the chance to have face to face conversations with mining industry professionals, while also having a go at practical, hands-on activities. These sorts of opportunities are not often available through the educational curriculum and many mining professionals wish they could provide kids with an opportunity to understand what mining is about, without the preconceptions that  pervade most news reporting on the subject.

About the event

The event ran over two days with a ‘Girl’s day’ and a ‘Boy’s day’ with high schools from right across WA sending coach loads of students to Central for a taste of the industry.

The event draws on volunteer mining industry professionals and tradespeople to showcase what they do for a living at a level that can be appreciated by the students, mostly from Year 10.

Approximately 300 high school students participated in interactive activities aimed at helping them develop a preliminary understanding of: geology; underground metallurgy; environmental science; safety; hydrogeology; geophysics; geochemistry; various trades and HR/admin (CV writing). All students had a chance to tour The CUT Mine – Central’s amazing simulated underground mine.

Both days kicked-off with keynote presentations involving two of WA’s most inspirational mining leaders: Julie Shuttleworth (Metallurgist & Mine General Manager, Barrick) and Alastair Croll (Chief Operating Officer, St Barbara Ltd). Both talks highlighted the many positive aspects of a mining career such as international travel and adventure.

The Expo featured stands from the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy,  Department of Mines & Petroleum – Resources Safety, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Chamber of Minerals & Energy, Curtin University, University of WA, CCI (a Trade Association), Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) and Central itself.  The helpful volunteers at each booth enjoying this great oportunity to explain what their respective organisations bring to the industry.