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NW Australian Girls Encouraged to Consider the Resource Industry

Today's 4Girls2 Professional Pathways showcase in Northwest Australia's Overlander Hotel will give local young women the opportunity to speak to female Xstrata Mount Isa Mines employees about careers for women in mining, The North West Star reports.
The event, hosted by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), Office for Women and Xstrata Mount Isa Mines, will introduce local girls to career options in the resources sector. Focusing primarily on geology, environmental and engineering careers, the event will include interactive sessions where students will solve practical problems with the help of Xstrata mentors.

Small Australian Mine Training Company Wins for Excellence in Training

The Observer: Tash Fee, head of the two-year-old mine training company, TNT Training Solutions, has won the Individual Award for Excellence in Training at the Mining Industry Skills Centre Training Awards, and has been recognized for her role in encouraging women into mining careers.
TNT Training Solutions provides training in everything from working at heights and confined spaces to fire training and a range of other skills. Originally a motor mechanic, Ms Fee started working as a fitter in the mines.

Still a Troublingly Low Number of Women in Engineering

The Montreal Gazette reports that there are still a stubbornly low number of women pursuing engineering as a course of study in university, and the question remains - why? The gender disparity has continued, they wrote, "despite the fact that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of new jobs in engineering and technology." Elizabeth Croft, a UBC mechanical engineering professor and, since 2010, regional chair for Women in Science and Engineering with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), agreed that engaging women in applied sciences is a serious concern. "I don't think we've done a particularly good job of communicating that the careers for engineers do not require you to be a man," she said in a recent interview.

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Women in the Gold Cost Encouraged to Try Out Mining

Queensland, Australia's Minister for Women, Karen Struthers, is encouraging young women in the Upper Coomera area to try out "unconventional" careers, like mining, construction or manufacturing at Upper Coomera college, the Queensland Government website reports.
The program provides opportunities for young women to consider a career in non-traditional employment and undertake an apprenticeship or training to become plumbers, electricians or undertake tertiary study to work as engineers.

New Trades Centre at Thebarton Senior College Aims to Kick-Start Mining Careers

The Thebarton Senior College in Torrensville, South Australia, opened last month, and aims to kick-start careers in mining, metal, engineering and construction, the Portside Messenger reports.
Principal Kim Hebenstreit said pupils were learning welding and metal fabrication techniques. “(Students) will get the opportunity to become familiar with what they will see when they move into the workforce and have the confidence and the skills to apply for jobs in high-tech manufacturing industries,” Mr Hebenstreit said.

Twenty-one “Resource Rangers” graduate in Manitoba

Thompson Citizen: A group of aboriginal and northern youth have graduated from the MKO Resource Rangers program at Egg Lake in northern Manitoba, readied by the industry-based training program for careers in Manitoba's natural resource sectors.
It aims to prepare aboriginal youth aged 15 to 18 for employment and careers in forestry, mining, hydro energy, conservation and other Northern Manitoba natural resource sectors. Comprising classroom training and hands-on work experience, the Resource Rangers program is five weeks long delivered through partners including MKO, industrial employers, the provincial government, the home communities of participants and the Frontier School Division. Students who complete the program may be eligible for high school credits through the Frontier School Division.

Careers expo in Western Australia August 19-21

An Australia Ministerial media statement announces that more than 15 000 people are expected to attend the Skills West Expo in Perth August 19-21, which will promote in-demand occupations such as mining, construction, health, education, finance, entertainment and recreation.
“The expo will showcase these occupations by providing a direct link to companies and educational institutions,” [Development Minister] Mr. Collier said. “It will prove ideal for students starting their careers or people looking to make a change through training and education.” With more than $225billion worth of resource or infrastructure projects either committed to or under consideration in WA, there is a clear need for skilled workers in a wide range of industries and occupations.

Philippine Commission on Higher Education offers scholarships to students taking mining courses

Commission on Higher Education chief Secretary Patricia Licuanan is offering students scholarships to take courses towards the 'most employable' careers in the Philippines, which include mining, aeronautics, geology and software engineering, reports the Philippine Information Agency.
"(These) are jobs but they are very hard to fill so if you go into these areas you are guaranteed to find employment," Licuanan said. She said these courses are among the agency's "priorities" in its list of scholarship beneficiaries, adding that CHED has also removed all the "oversubscribed" courses from the same list. "Overscubscribed" courses are business administration, nursing, teaching, IT, Hotel and Restaurant Management and maritime.