Students set sights on mining industry
Stanmore Coal has welcomed two, eager environmental science students, Ashlee Poeppmann and James Black, as part of its 2019/2020 Vacation Program.
Ashlee and James will complete a full-time, two-month assignment and learn the ropes from Stanmore’s knowledgeable environment team.
Stanmore Coal’s Senior Advisor HSEC, Melanie Ballantine, said the organisation was pleased to offer the students the opportunity to gain industry experience at the Isaac Plains Mine.
“This is the third year Stanmore has run the Vacation Program, and with our focus on supporting the local area in education and youth, this type of opportunity benefits not only the mine site and the students, but the wider community,” she said.
“With only a very small site-based team at Isaac Plains Mine, Ashlee and James will be an integral part of site operations. They’ll gain exposure to all facets of environmental management, from compliance, water storage tracking and environmental monitoring, to contractor management and the development of rehab trials.”
Ashlee, who is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Queensland University of Technology, said the past few weeks had been a great introduction to the coal mining industry.
“We’ve been reading a lot of environmental reports, but we’ll start working on some rehabilitation and reseeding projects in the coming weeks,” she said.
“I’ve never been on a mine site before, so learning on the job and putting new skills into practice is what I’m looking forward to most.”
James graduated his environmental science degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast earlier this year and has already gained experience in the industry.
“Having previously worked in an environmental consultancy in Mackay, it’s fantastic to be able to get out in the field and understand the ins and outs of mining,” he said.
“In the end, this could turn out to be a full-time career for me and I’m excited about the future.”