Teaching STEM to schoolkids

High school students took their first steps towards a career in the resources sector when they attended Downer-sponsored “Toolkit 4 schoolkids” and “STEM 4 schoolkids” workshops at Pimlico State High School in Queensland.

Sixty Pimlico and Thuringowa State High School students tried their hands at trades and operational and professional roles during the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) workshops.

Mentored by staff from Downer and other corporate partners, the students completed a series of challenges and practical activities based on jobs in the sector.

Clare Hudson, Downer‘s General Manager Talent, said supporting QMEA helps ensure that the resources sector has the skilled people it needs for the future.

“It‘s important that we encourage students to continue with STEM subjects, particularly young females and Indigenous students, so that the vast range of career opportunities in this sector is accessible to everyone,” she said.

The QMEA is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has a membership of 46 schools across Queensland.

This initiative demonstrates Downer's contribution to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals: