Wilpinjong recently hosted a visit by the Girls Academyprogram, which demonstrates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls the diversity of career options available to women.
The tour of the open cut mining operation included hearing from women on the team, such as maintenance planner Hana Newbery who shared her experiences working in the resources industry with the girls - encouraging them to aim high and not listen to advice that mining is a man's world.
"Even though mining has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, my message is that stereotypes are just that and they shouldn't stop any girl from having a go," she said.
"My job is challenging and rewarding all in one so if somebody tells you no, ignore it, set your own goals and tell yourself I can do this."
Lauren Constable also spoke to the girls about her role as an occupational health advisor and how she'd never really considered a role in mining after studying exercise physiology at university.
"I would definitely recommend a job in mining for any girl because there's so many job options in our industry that people just don't know about," she said.
"It's really good for the girls to see that's there's other people like me from a small town that have been able to take up really interesting career opportunities that aren't too far away from home.
"Financially this job has been a really good move for me and my partner. It's helped us achieve some of our goals like saving for a house, taking great holidays and finally getting a new car."
Girls Academy founder Ricky Grace said visits to workplaces like Wilpinjong open up opportunities for the students.
"Educated girls and young women have the potential to be powerful catalysts for change in their communities. Girls Academy equips girls with the tools, knowledge and confidence required to achieve their goals and reach their full potential," he said.
"These visits help girls learn about endless career possibilities available to them and give girls the opportunity to explore their work options and experience the workplace first-hand."
"Our Post School staff work closely with companies in the mining sector as they provide massive employment opportunities for our students. This sector has traditionally been an unlikely work environment for Indigenous women and has enormous untapped potential."