Territory’s Biggest Exploration event inspires Careers in Earth Science

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is inspiring the next generation of earth science specialists through the NT’s flagship exploration event.

The Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar kicks off in Alice Springs today and more than 60 senior high school students are there exploring careers in Earth Sciences and resources.

The event provides a unique opportunity for students to interact and gain first-hand knowledge from industry representatives about future job opportunities available in the region.

They will participate in a range of fun and hands-on activities, attend educational sessions and go on a geology field trip to ANZAC Hill.

This event is all a part of the Territory Governments efforts to build capability and capacity of the future workforce, particularly in regional areas.

This development is key to the Territory Labor Government’s plan to help secure sustainable minerals industry development and grow our economy to $40 billion by 2030.

In 2023, the Northern Territory’s mining sector provided 3,500 direct jobs and generated over $4 billion dollars for the NT economy. Sustainable mining generates rewarding jobs and brings revenue that’s needed to fund schools, hospitals, infrastructure and support community projects.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mining and Minister for Education Mark Monaghan:

“The Territory Labor Government understands not every student knows what they want to do after their schooling life which is why seminars like these are so important.

“The Northern Territory resources sector is diverse, with careers ranging from engineering, environmental science, geology, geophysics through to trades and technicians.

“The Territory Government wants to build the capability and capacity of the future workforce. This event is made possible thanks to an innovative industry partnership that includes the Minerals Council of Australia NT, Australian Earth Science Education and Geological Society of Australia working with the NT Government to secure and drive forward the resource sector.”

Quotes attributable to Cathryn Tilmouth, Executive Director Northern Australia, Mineral Council Australia (MCA)

“With a growing number of mining and resourcing projects in the pipeline, it is essential to grow a local skilled workforce. This is a shared responsibility for industry, government and educators.

This inaugural forum is a fantastic opportunity for industry to directly engage with local students, showcasing what our sector has to offer. MCA looks forward to continuing to grow this forum in the future across the NT.”

Northern Territory Government

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