A number of Columneetza and Williams Lake secondary students took part in a tour of Gibraltar mine last week.
Taseko Mines Ltd. says it welcomed a group of students to the mine to learn about the numerous long-term, high-paying career options that exist in the Cariboo-Chilcoton region’s mining sector.
“We were proud to take part in the Opportunity Fair last week, at the invitation of Ervin Charleyboy,” says Brian Battison, vice president of corporate affairs for Taseko.
“During that event we were inspired by the enthusiasm of the students in attendance. One of the commitments we made to those students was to show them first hand what opportunities in mining look like in their community.”
Battison adds that the Gibraltar tour put those opportunities into perspective for a “truly dynamic group of youth.”
Students saw first hand the inner workings of a modern mine and the connection between their existing schoolwork and the skills used in mining.
They toured pit operations (haul trucks, shovels, and materials handling), the concentrator (mineral concentrate processing) and learned about a variety of industry-leading environmental management practices and standards.