A group of students from Cloncurry State School have swapped their school books for safety boots as they toured our Cannington operation in North West Queensland.

Fifteen high school students experienced what it’s like to work and live at a mine site and learnt about the range of career options available in the resources industry.

The students visited the processing plant, maintenance workshops, mining surface operations and village camp.

Cannington Vice President Operations, Rob Jackson said he was encouraged to see several girls in the group.

“We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace and increasing the representation of women, not just here at Cannington, but across our business,” he said.

“It’s really important that students understand that we need all kinds of people to run a mine, from operators to accountants, engineers to boilermakers, and geologists to lab technicians. 

“By talking to our people, they also gained an understanding of what they need to do at school to secure a pathway into their chosen career.” 

Cloncurry State School Principal, Christine Norton said that since South32 had begun working with the school, students were taking an interest in working in the mining industry.

“These experiences really help to inspire them to set goals for their future and understand the importance of doing well in school,” she said.

The tour was run in partnership with the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy.