BHP does it for the kids

BIG miner BHP will spend $6.6 million over the next three years to support two research-led programs for school children across the Pilbara as part of a partnership with Western Australia’s education department.
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Ellery and crew in 2018

The Pilbara education partnership started in 2005 to expand education services in public schools in Newman, Port Hedland and surrounding areas within the East Pilbara.

BHP Western Australia iron ore asset president Brandon Craig said the company believed young people living in the Pilbara should have access to the highest quality of education and support services.

The new programs include Early Years and Pathways.

The Early Years program is focused on preparing children for their first years at school.

Family support services and early interventions will be provided for children from birth to eight years to help them meet key developmental milestones and set them up for the best possible start in life.

The Pathways program helps students from Years 7 to 12 identify and complete their desired educational pathway through secondary school, into training or further study to get a job in their career of choice.

Craig said young people will graduate with important job-ready skills and the ability to take advantage of the rewarding employment opportunities across the Pilbara.

WA education and training minister Sue Ellery said it was fantastic BHP had committed funds to the valuable education program.

"We know that education is the key to setting young people up," she said.