The apprentices hailed from Glencore’s Abbott Point Coal Loading Facility as well as the Newlands, Collinsville, Oaky Creek, Rolleston and Clermont Coal mines.
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Central Highlands Region, Brad Stallard said playing host to the apprentices was, at times, a hair-raising experience.
“Watching activities such as abseiling from the second floor certainly raised my blood pressure, but it is pleasing to see that a regional campus has the flexibility and resources to support such training,” Mr Stallard said.
“Other activities included water carrying, lateral thinking and obstacles solving investigation. All great stuff.”
The Queensland Fire and Rescue, Mines Rescue Queensland and Mines Rescue New South Wales were on hand for the activities and kept a close eye on all participants.
“The presentation day on day two was very successful and enjoyed by all the students. The theme was ‘Managing Work & My Wellbeing’,” Mr Stallard said.
There were a few apprehensive participants at the start but by the end of the two days of activities all students were surprised by their own courage and ability.”