Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) provides a pipeline for students interested in resources sector careers. Established in 2005 with 18 schools, the QMEA now engages with 90 schools across the state.
QMEA is a highly successful program placing students onto pathways into the resources sector and other science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries. Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led, schools/industry initiative, the Academy’s programs and experiences broaden students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the resources sector and provide a talent pipeline of employees into VET and STEM-related careers, with a strong focus on female and indigenous students. QMEA is primarily funded by its industry sponsors with support from the Queensland government. Hastings Deering, through its sponsorship, encourages students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based careers and introduces students to the resources and engineering sector. Hastings Deering employed 5 apprentices in 2021 that came via the QMEA affiliated school and will employ 6 apprentices from QMEA aligned school in 2022.