Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is pleased to partner with NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) and selected Hunter Region High Schools, for a third year of the PRIME (Pathways to Resource Industry and Mining  Employment) Program.

RDA Hunter has a strong reputation for implementing skilling and workforce development initiatives to increase awareness of career opportunities in the Hunter Region, including the Mining Sector.

It is anticipated that over twenty-five schools will adopt the PRIME program in 2022. A launch event for participants will take place today in East Maitland.

The PRIME Program is designed for Stage 5 students to help them appreciate how Science and Geography apply across the lifecycle of a mine, and the types of skills and jobs required to support mining operations.

The Program includes the implementation of mining-specific content, scenario-based learning activities and real-world problem-solving in the classroom.

The PRIME Program will conclude in July with selected students presenting to industry representatives, who will provide valuable feedback on their projects.

Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said the NSWMC was happy to be working with RDA Hunter to promote the breadth of mining industry career opportunities in the Hunter.

“NSW’s mining sector is constantly innovating and by continuing this successful project with RDA Hunter we  aim to build a motivated future talent pool by encouraging interest in the diverse and interesting job  opportunities available in the industry,” Mr Galilee said

“A career in mining can be highly rewarding and the skills acquired in the industry can open a pathway to other similar industries. The PRIME program builds on the work we already do in the region’s schools to support  young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for a sustained career in mining and we’re looking  forward to the 2022 program.”

According to Chair of RDA Hunter John Turner, the organisation works to support innovation-driven industry development and jobs growth in the Hunter and is pleased to support young people considering a mining industry career.

“The mining sector continues to be a large employer and important driver of economic growth in the Hunter region,” Mr Turner said.

“We’re delighted to be NSW Mineral Council’s partner of choice in the PRIME project and contributing our  significant experience as a connector between Hunter schools and industry to deliver graduates with relevant industry knowledge and skills.

“We’re looking forward to working with NSW Minerals Council again in 2022 to help highlight the career  opportunities that will continue to exist in the sector well into the future.”

For more information contact:

Brad Emery | NSW Minerals Council | |  0450620254 |

Kate O’Mara | RDA Hunter’s Director, Special Projects | kate.o’ | 0412 303 744



● PRIME = Pathways to Resource Industry and Mining Employment

● 20 schools participated in 2020

● 25 schools participated in 2021

● 25 schools will participate in 2022

● The partnership will see participating schools receive: Student & Teacher Workbooks with a series of  lessons across Key Learning Areas (KLA’s); VR Educational Resource package; Real-world industry  challenges for resolution by student teams; Mining Industry Experiences; 2 Teacher Professional  Development sessions; Additional STEM classroom resources

Project aims:

● Increase students’ awareness of impacts and benefits of mining in NSW

● Increase size of the pool of students with knowledge and skills-sets required by mining ● Increase student understanding of the mine life-cycle

● More potential students studying mining relevant courses at universities


The NSW Minerals Council is the leading industry association representing the state’s minerals industry,  providing a united voice for its members. Mining has and will continue to be a key economic driver for NSW  and that’s why the NSW Minerals Council works closely with government, industry groups and business and community leaders to foster a sustainable mining industry in NSW.

It supports the development of a strong and diverse state economy and an effective regulatory framework in which the industry can operate profitably and make a meaningful contribution to the state and the people of  NSW. It encourages innovation and leading practice to improve the health and safety of its people and minimise its impacts on the environment. And, it talks openly and honestly about mining to help improve the community’s understanding of the industry’s contribution and how it works.


Photos by Bob Mackie