Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Love for Training in All Its Forms; Karla McPhail Shortlisted as a State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards for Hard Work

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Love for Training in All Its Forms; Karla McPhail Shortlisted as a State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards for Hard Work

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Byline: Christine McKee @capnews.com.au

AT 11am on Thursday, Karla McPhail's office is in full swing.

It's been two weeks since Karla was notified she was shortlisted as a Queensland finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards.

But a planning meeting between Karla and her marketing and office managers has nothing to do with training courses, the companies she runs, or the underground coal mining industry she loves.

This is training of a very different nature.

Teaching sex education to a group of 11-year-old boys would make most people run for the hills, but Karla's been doing it for 20 years.

C[pounds sterling]The kids are interested, they want to know,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]Most of their sex education is from movies, so their perception is determined from movies like American Pie.

C[pounds sterling]They have a limited understanding of correlating sexuality with a relationship with a human person. So that's part of my role to teach them the interconnectedness between the two.

C[pounds sterling]Yes, I've had the pleasure of teaching my two boys sex education, with my husband in the room and all the other parents as well.C[yen]

Meeting over and the girls leave her to do a media interview.

Karla spent 20 years as a teacher and guidance officer in Central Queensland and said her passion, without a doubt, is educational psychology. Ten years ago, Karla was head teacher at Middlemount P-12 school and her husband Peter was a deputy in the mining industry.

Even though contracting was very new in mining, Peter started individually contracting and Karla managed that side of his business.

Undamine Industries grew, as did the staff to a workforce of about 50 people employed in underground coal-mining contracts.

In 2008, they were joined by another couple and as the company continued to grow, Karla looked for good-quality training for the workforce.

With a background in teaching, she entered the training industry. Coal Train Australia was born and based at a state-of-the-art facility in Yeppoon.

C[pounds sterling]People drive me. …

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