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Iluka Resources is a sand mining company that has operations in WA, Queensland, Victoria and in the United States. Iluka Resources is also a valued Clontarf partner and has recently employed two Year 12 Clontarf graduates to work on its Ouyen mine site in Victoria.

WATPAC, a company contracted by Iluka to “dig up” the sand in Ouyen, has also employed a Clontarf graduate as an apprentice diesel mechanic.

So the boys from Mildura and Robinvale Academies decided to pay them a visit.

Jason Briffa (Iluka) and Leon Egan (Clontarf) made sure that everything went like clockwork and ensured that everyone stayed safe. This included putting the boys through a short safety induction course and then fitting everyone with the appropriate safety gear.

Morning tea was massive. The boys enjoyed an endless supply of juice, fruit, cheese and crackers before hopping on the bus for “Flea’s Excellent Mine Site Adventure”. Everyone was blown away by the size of the machinery.

For lunch the boys were treated to an enormous array of sandwiches and wraps whilst the mine bosses explained to the boys that ‘attitude’ and ‘work ethic’ were gold.

And then came the highlight of the day.

The boys were all ears as Jay (Diesel mechanic apprentice, Robinvale Clontarf), Kieren (Electrician apprentice, Mildura Clontarf), and Funaki (Diesel Fitter apprentice, Robinvale Clontarf) told the Clontarf boys their story. They were inspiring, they were wise, and they were immensely proud. Everyone in the room was impressed.

It was hard to believe that this time last year these same three young men were battling away in the classroom, making sure that they graduated from Year 12. Now they were role models, leading by example, and providing the inspiration for these Clontarf boys to achieve their goals.