BSL Mentors welcome teens for a ‘Day in the Life of’ opportunity
The gates of Australia’s second-largest aluminium smelter were opened this week for a small group of Gladstone region teenagers to spend two days of their school holidays experiencing what it is like to work in industry.
Boyne Smelters Limited employees’ dependants in Years 10-12 had the opportunity to learn about job opportunities and how the plant operated during the two-day programme. On the first day the students took part in a work-ready programme, which included resume writing and job interview skills. Students were then partnered with a BSL mentor on day two and shadowed them in the workplace to learn more about a specific role, from trades to support or leadership roles.
Day in the life of has been run with much success in previous years with the objective of engaging more with our local youth to attract young people into the diverse professions available at the smelter.
BSL General Manager Lesley Bryce said, “The interest by the students in what we do here at the smelter has been heartening and it is very satisfying that this sort of programme can assist them with their future career choices.”
The students were asked what they enjoyed most about their experience at the smelter they said that understanding the smelters’ process in-depth and seeing it in person was a highlight. They said being able to ask questions freely and getting specific answers really bettered their understanding of the process. Students said that the experience gave them a much better understanding of the career opportunities at BSL, which was our objective for the program.
Mentors for the ‘Day in the Life of’ said it was interesting seeing their roles from a fresh perspective and the students got them engaged and challenged them in asking lots of questions.