Young Australians in the dark about mining careers: survey – by Ben Creagh (Australian Mining – May 17, 2018)

More than half of young Australians know nothing about a career in mining, according to research from youth agency, YouthInsight.

The agency, which represents 1061 senior high school students and first-year university students aged between 15 and 20, found that knowledge of mining careers was extremely low, with 59 per cent of those involved in the research knowing nothing.

Additionally, the research revealed that just 30 per cent of students were interested in a career in mining or the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors. Despite mining and METS providing 1.1 million Australian jobs, METS Ignited chief executive officer Ric Gros said it was clear that much more must be done to make young people aware of the opportunities and rewards.

“With the modern mining workforce undergoing huge transition, it’s time for the industry to work smarter to make young people aware of the exciting and rewarding careers on offer in Australia and around the globe,” Gros said.

“Australia’s world-class METS sector will need many highly-skilled young people to fill the jobs of tomorrow including drone pilots, environmental and social scientists and engineers.

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