Stu­dents gain mine work in­sight

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

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.

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