Supporting the future of mining

Supporting the future of mining

Barminco is making a difference to school-based outcomes and supporting the future of the resources industry, through a recent sponsorship agreement with the WA Mining Club (WAMC).

Partnering with the WAMC to support the STEM Program for 2024, the program endeavours to provide greater education choices within the resources sector for young Western Australian students.

At an event held at Optus Stadium in Perth in late October, Barminco was officially acknowledged for its sponsorship, which will help open doors for young people interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Barminco’s sponsorship will help the STEM Program to be extended to Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton, ensuring students in regional areas have the same exposure and opportunities to the resources sector as their city counterparts.

Manager, Health Safety and Environment, Shaun Paterson said Barminco’s sponsorship will help to deliver in-school programs targeting Year 9 secondary students to educate them in the value of studying STEM subjects through years 11 and 12.

“The mining sector is always looking to develop and implement new technology and we need the next generation of people to come through with innovative ideas,” Shaun said.

Supporting the future of mining - three people on stage accepting an award

“As part of the sponsorship, Barminco hosted a cohort of more than 20 students at our Hazelmere head office, before taking them on a tour of our training facilities where they

experienced a simulated underground mining environment, truck simulator and participated in a virtual reality exercise to identify hazards in underground operations.

“It was a great opportunity to introduce them to mining and show them the variety of career opportunities on offer.

“The great thing about the STEM Program is that it looks to steer students towards choosing the right subjects that they will need to study in the final years of high school.

“If we can help influence their subject decisions early on, it will hopefully lead to an increase in the number of young people entering the mining sector in years to come.”