Students from Toolooa State High School and Tannum Sands State High School experienced first-hand what industry is all about recently when they visited Gladstone’s largest employer. Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) hosted their first onsite careers day for 2019, giving the students the opportunity to see the QAL refinery up close and learn about career opportunities in the workplace. 

The students participated in information sessions about QAL’s processes and gained some hands-on experience with daily tasks carried out by employees in the refinery. 

Toolooa State High School year 10 student, Caleb Pollock was one of the students that participated in the careers day. “The careers day gave me an opportunity to understand different roles in industry, I was so excited to see QAL up close and how it all works,” Caleb said. 

Toolooa State high school teacher, Phil Slade also assisted with the Careers day saying, “The Career days allowed the students to gain an understanding of what industry is all about and seek possible future employment opportunities,”

During the day the students participated in many activities and visited teams and areas within the plant such as the workshop and Laboratory. 

Human Resources Manager Brian Swart said that QAL is proud to be a local pipeline for students seeking a career in global industry and through the career days we hope to show the next generation the opportunities available. 

“One of the most rewarding things about this program is how students can discover opportunities they didn’t know existed. Whether it be considering a future at QAL as part of our apprentice and trainee programs or opportunities as a health professional, laboratory technician or first responder.” 

The next QAL careers day will be held on the 18th of July.