Mining scholarships to help train the next generation of miners

April 29, 2014

26 NSW high school students have been awarded NSW Mining Scholarships this year, bringing the number of students currently receiving assistance to 70, and the total number of scholarships provided through the scheme since 2009 to 164.

Six of the new scholarships have been awarded to students of Aboriginal descent as part of the NSW mining industry’s efforts to improve Aboriginal employment opportunities.

“Mining is an industry that offers a diverse range of employment opportunities including heavy machinery operation, information technology, construction, environmental science, mechanical and civil engineering, surveying, geology, health and safety, and more,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said today.

“These scholarships provide financial support for young people looking for a career in the NSW mining industry, and also helps ensure our industry can meet its skills needs into the future.”

NSW Mining Scholarship recipients receive $500 for successful completion of Year 11 and $1,000 for successful completion of Year 12. A further $2,000 is granted to those who successfully complete their first year in an undergraduate minerals related course at a NSW university within 12 months of completing high school.

Potential university subjects can include, but are not limited to Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Environmental), Geology, Geoscience, IT, Health and Safety, Surveying, Legal, Operations and Environmental Science. More examples are at www.peopleforthefuture.com.au

“As well as receiving financial help, successful applicants will engage in mining related activities and have contact with the industry including sponsoring companies as well as universities,” Mr Galilee said.

These scholarships are made possible because of support from NSW mining companies- Alkane Resources, BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal, BHP Billiton NSW Energy Coal, Bloomfield Collieries, Iluka Resources, Newcrest Mining – Cadia Valley Operations, Peabody Energy Australia, Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania, and Thiess – Mount Owen.

Contact: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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