MENTORING: Graduates at BHP's Brisbane headquarters.
MENTORING: Graduates at BHP's Brisbane headquarters. QRC

Students make mark on resources sector

THREE local high school girls have graduated from a mentoring program that seeks to increase the number of women working in Queensland's resources sector.

Rhiannon Stockley from Dysart State High School, Rhiana Morris from Emerald State High School and Mahima Vyas from Pioneer State High School received graduation certificates for the program at BHP's Brisbane headquarters on Thursday night.

They received mentoring at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Senex Energy and Hatch, respectively.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said both the mentees and mentors reported positive feedback from the program.

"I'm sure they'll be keeping tabs on the progress of these exceptional young women as they transition to further studies,” Mr Macfarlane said.

"This program is part of QRC's plan to improve the sector's gender balance, with the proportion of women now at 16.5 per cent, up from just 6 per cent in 2006.”

Glencore Coal's Anna Wendtman said it was important to expose the next generation of women to the sector to bring about change.

Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 60 schools throughout Queensland.



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