Sinosteel Midwest Group has joined with two other Murchison miners to fund and participate in a new $15,000 three-part program run by the Cooperative Murchison Community Education Initiative (CMCE) in partnership with the Department of Education.
The program, which includes Sinosteel Midwest, Crosslands Resources and Oakajee Port and Rail, includes calling on number of Aboriginal employees to be involved in a mentoring program for secondary students throughout the Murchison region.
Sinosteel Midwest COO Giulio Casello joined with other industry and government leaders in Cue last week to launch the program.
“As part of our commitment to the communities in which we operate, Sinosteel Midwest has a strong focus on supporting education initiatives, and so we’re pleased to be able to put funds towards this program,” he said. “Our employees who have volunteered to be involved in the program are looking forward to working with these students to pass on their experiences and encourage them to consider the options available for their future,” he said.
“A career in the resources industry can be extremely rewarding, especially for Indigenous people who have a long history and connection with the land, so we hope this program can open up some doors for these students and help them see the opportunities available.”
Welcoming the funding agreements with the Cooperative Murchison Community Education Initiative (CMCE), Education Department Director General Sharyn O’Neill said the program offered exciting opportunities for students in the Murchison area.
“We want students, most of whom are Aboriginal, to identify with their mentors and see a future career in the mining sector as a result.
“There are many different career pathways in the mining industry, ranging from office-based to sitebased work.”
The three-part program also includes a Certificate I in Leadership Development – an essential prerequisite for a career in the mining industry. In addition, each Year 10 student in the participating schools will be offered a financial incentive of $300 to complete this qualification.
The third part of the funding agreement is to develop reading and writing skills in the early years, to help get children ready for compulsory learning. The CMCE has agreed to provide $900 to each school that holds a playgroup session – $500 to run the group and $400 to buy story books to be raffled for attendance.
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About Sinosteel Midwest Group Limited
Sinosteel Midwest Group (Sinosteel Midwest) is developing iron ore and steel materials projects from one of the largest land holdings in the expanding Mid West resources region of WA. It has advanced production opportunities for iron ore at Koolanooka, Weld Range, Jack Hills and Robinson Range.
Sinosteel Corporation, one of China’s biggest suppliers of raw materials to Chinese steel mills, purchased Midwest Corporation in 2008. It is committed to the responsible and sustainable development of Sinosteel Midwest’s assets.
Sinosteel Midwest possesses the capital, resources, technical skills and the people to play a major role in the development of the Mid West region, and is positioned to continue doing so actively now, notwithstanding the global financial crisis.
Sinosteel Midwest continues to actively develop and explore the potential of its deposits and the outlook for the Company is exciting.
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