Toolooa State High School students Emma Smith, Makenn Warden and Jack Neucom learn how Boyne Smelters Ltd's Rebekah Johnston uses water purification techniques in her job, as part of a QMEA Career Cafe.
Toolooa State High School students Emma Smith, Makenn Warden and Jack Neucom learn how Boyne Smelters Ltd's Rebekah Johnston uses water purification techniques in her job, as part of a QMEA Career Cafe. Contributed

Students get a taste of a careers in resources

GLADSTONE'S high school students have taken their classroom studies to the next level, hearing from environmental engineers working in the resources sector, as part of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy Career Cafe.

The first career cafe last month involved Boyne Smelters Ltd with Toolooa State High School students, while several days later the second cafe was held with Gladstone Ports Corporation and Gladstone State High School students.

Boyne Smelter graduate process engineer Rebekah Johnston spoke to 150 TSHS students about how their current lessons on water purification and separation techniques related to her work each day.

Jack Neucom really enjoyed being taught about "reverse osmosis", while Emma Smith said it was "a lot of fun learning about how we get our fresh water and looking at the examples".

Makenna Warden said she enjoyed the demonstrations and how everything was set up in props.

"The presenter spoke well and gave examples of how the water system works," she said.

Toolooa head of science Tony Muller said the career cafe program provided real-world context to the students' current classroom learning.

"The career cafes allow students to see the importance of what they are learning and how it is applied in the workplace," he said.

Gladstone Ports Corporation's environmental manager Gordon Dwane spoke to 40 engineering technology students at Gladstone State High School about how their current lessons on environmental management related to his work each day.

Teachers at the schools also had a training workshop to give the science staff a better understanding of the resources sector and how to provide career guidance to students.

"It's so valuable to be able to provide our engineering technology students with the opportunity to hear from someone currently working in the industry," GSHS engineering technology teacher Reeja Matthews said.

"Gordon's presentation inspired each of the students in their career pathway, so as a teacher this program is invaluable."

The QMEA is an industry and education partnership with the resources sector through the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government.



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