On Thursday 20 May, a group of senior boys from the new Western Cape Academy visited a local Rio Tinto mine site in Weipa, QLD.
In what was the academy’s first worksite visit, 19 Year 10-12 boys were able to get an inside look into the mining giant’s vast bauxite operation. From diesel fitting to truck driving, the boys were exposed to all facets of mining and the many job pathways the industry provides.
The tour kicked off with a safety briefing at the Community Relations Centre where the boys learned about the importance of safety on mine sites. Rio Tinto Indigenous Relations Officer Jason Bosuen spoke about his journey with the company and the many opportunities he has been afforded during his career.
The group then visited the Andoom site where they were shown the process of mining bauxite, and even had the chance to get up close and personal with some heavy machinery. They also had the chance to tour the East Weipa site where they learned about the bauxite shipping and exporting process.
Western Cape Academy would like to thank the many Rio Tinto staff who took the time to speak with the boys about the opportunities in Weipa. With a visit to the company’s Amrun site planned for Term 3, the young men of Western Cape Academy are excited for what’s to come!