Sixteen indigenous students from across the State spent the past week in the Goldfields as part of a program encouraging careers in the mining industry.

The five-day Mining and the Land intensive program was run by the Clontarf Foundation in partnership with AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Curtin University and the WA School of Mines.

Clontarf employment officer for Southern WA Dan Delaney said it had been a fantastic week.

“It was great to have the opportunity to show the boys around the Goldfields and mining industry and show them what it would be like to work in it,” he said.

The group headed underground at Northern Star, visited the Super Pit and toured Hannans North Tourist Mine, as well as WASM and the local TAFE.

Half also spent a day at Sunrise Dam near Laverton, while the other toured Thunderbox near Leinster.

Mr Delaney said the day underground and overnight stays had been highlights for the boys.

“We went more than 400m deep, which was great,” he said.

“The boys loved it. And when we visited the two remote sites, we stayed in the dongas, ate at the mess and got to see everything from the kitchen right through to the boiler making and truck driving.

“It gave them a great understanding of what it was like.”

At a dinner on Thursday night, they got to hear from Clontarf alumni Jeff Farrell, who after attending the trip last year, secured an apprenticeship in the Goldfields.

Mr Delaney said it was “brilliant” to hear from Mr Farrell, and was confident there would be “serious employment opportunities” to come out of this year’s trip.