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Yorke Peninsula Student Careers Program

Yorke Peninsula Student Careers Program

RESA was pleased to support a tailor made high school program aimed at providing Yorke Peninsula students with first hand insights into the South Australian resources sector and career opportunities within the sector.

The initiative - the Resources and Energy Careers Program, involved 15 students from five schools:  Kadina Memorial School, Moonta Area School, Maitland Area School, Minlaton District School and Yorketown Area School in years 10 to 12.

The industry sponsored program provided students with opportunities to gain first hand insights into career options in the resource and energy sector.  The program was a collaboration between Syngas Limited incorporating BioSyngas Limited and Rex Minerals Limited who have provided industry input, while RESA and the Department of Education and Child Development are providing participants with career pathway information and study options.

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Jacob Harrison, aged 18  from Kadina Memorial School and Aaron Ward Trade Schools For the Future Senior Leader for the Yorke and Barossa Trade finds out about working in resources as part of the program.

This program is crucial to support a developing resources industry in the region, "Syngas/ BioSyngas has since commenced work in the Yorke Peninsula had a corporate social responsibility strategy with a youth initiative component. This program has been developed to allow high school students experiences through supervised access to state of the art facilities, equipment and through interaction with trainers, educators and people already working. This will build their understanding of the scope and breadth of the resources industry and potential career opportunities available to them into the future," said Merrill Gray, BioSyngas' Managing Director

"We launched this program in February 2013 and have been working for many months to structure it so it is highly engaging and useful to the students," added Brooke Liebelt, Syngas Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager.

RESA CEO Phil de Courcey added, "By providing students with an insight into the resources and energy pathways they will gain a greater understanding of what opportunities exist in the industry for them."

The program is free to students and industry endorsed with content has been designed to be highly relevant to current industry requirements.  A coordinated approach across industry, government and training organisations has ensured that students will have support to obtain greater understanding of the job opportunities available to young people in the area and across the state and nationally in the mining industry. The program covers professional roles and trades, para-professional and support roles too.

To see the graduation photos, please click here.

To read the Yorke Peninsula Country Times article about this program, please click here.

To read The Advertiser article about this program, please click here.