Students gain mine work insight
Students from Tom Price Senior High School recently rolled up their sleeves and dirtied their hands during several weeks of work experience at Rio Tinto.
The school workplace learning program students took on twoweek work placements at Rio Tinto Tom Price and Greater Paraburdoo Operations in May.
Participants worked on rotations to gain an inside look at operational areas in Rio’s local branch, including mobile equipment management, light vehicles, utilities and the process plant.
Tom Price school workplace learning program co-ordinator Heather Boyd said it was important for students to gain insight into the operations of a big resources company such as Rio.
“Tom Price SHS is fortunate that local business supports workplace learning opportunities for our young people,” she said. “With Rio Tinto such a pivotal organisation in our community, the opportunity to link school studies with workplace learning on site is highly regarded by both parents and students and gives valuable insight in to a wide range of career pathways.”
Students said they appreciated having the experience of being in the workplace, being part of a team and learning about the different trade specialities on offer, and it would help them determine career paths after high school. Workplace learning contributes towards the WA Certificate of Education.