Nathan Austin, Luke Watson, Marley Adams, Allan Robert, Corey Toon, Damien Dwyer and Desmond Gooda are looking forward to a career in the mining industry after completing a course at Smart City Vocational College.
Nathan Austin, Luke Watson, Marley Adams, Allan Robert, Corey Toon, Damien Dwyer and Desmond Gooda are looking forward to a career in the mining industry after completing a course at Smart City Vocational College. Sharyn Oneill Rokstrack

Indigenous students on track

SMART City Vocational College facilitator Lance Green reckons he won't forget Marley Adams any time soon.

The young indigenous larrikin moved from Biloela to Rockhampton to complete a Back On Track course which incorporates time at Smart City.

He and his two mates from Back On Track, Damien Dwyer and Desmond Gooda, and their class, have kept Lance laughing throughout their course.

And they agreed Lance wasn't too bad either.

"Lance made it really enjoyable," Damien said.

The three young men have got a bright future ahead of them after gaining safety and other mining-related skills from the course.

Lance said the course helped them develop a great skill set and gave them a head start.

Marley added the course definitely made him feel more prepared for his interview to work at a mine in May.

Back On Track's Theresa Saylor said the 13-week course, made up of nine weeks at Back On Track and four weeks at Smart City, was about opening up opportunities for indigenous students.

"Which is in this case, working in the mining industry," she said. "And helping with cultural awareness and work readiness."



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