Eyes open to mining

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Newton Moore Senior High School Year 9 students Shaine Albacite and Sharnee Pearse were two of 57 students to take part in this year’s Work Inspirations program.
Camera IconNewton Moore Senior High School Year 9 students Shaine Albacite and Sharnee Pearse were two of 57 students to take part in this year’s Work Inspirations program. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Students from high schools around the South West recently took part in South32 Worsley Alumina’s Work Inspirations program, a program designed to open students’ eyes to careers in mining.

Now in its second year, the program is a joint project between Worsley Alumina and the Department of Education and was traditionally aimed at female Year 9 students, but was extended to include male students this year.

The 57 students from Newton Moore Senior High School, Bunbury Catholic College, Bunbury Senior High School, Harvey Senior High School, Dalyellup College and Grace Christian School were shown around and mentored by almost 30 Worsley employees during their four days on site.

Students took part in emergency response, technology, engineering, laboratory and operator-based activities as well as hands-on trade experiences.

“It was a really good experience and very interesting,” Newton Moore Senior High School student Sharnee Pearse said.

Fellow Newton Moore student Shaine Albacite said she had no idea as to the number and range of jobs available in mining.

“It was unexpected, I didn’t think there would be so many jobs,” she said. “It was really fun and I made new friends.”

Worsley Alumina vice-president operations Noel Pillay said Work Inspirations introduced students to the wealth of opportunities a career in mining could provide.

“It’s fantastic to see our employees volunteer to guide and mentor potential future mining employees, providing inspiration and encouragement way beyond the classroom experience,” he said.

Both Sharnee and Shaine agreed that they would look more closely at a career in mining in the future.

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