NSW Ports is preparing to host hundreds of school students for a tour of its Port Kembla industrial hub.

NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas said the tours would help 700 local students learn about the port’s operations and the economic contribution it makes to the region and the state.

“We’re delighted to once again welcome students into Port Kembla so they can learn about the various trades it supports and how it connects farmers, miners, consumers and businesses to the world,” she said.

Ms Calfas said Port Kembla’s trades, such as bulk agricultural, construction and renewable energy components, contribute $2.9 billion annually to NSW’s economy, while supporting about 10,000 jobs.

“Port Kembla was established 125 years ago and there’s a great deal of history and pride from our local community, who continue to have personal, enduring connections with the port and its industries,” she said.

“The port also has a bright future with support for new trades including various renewable energy industries, which students will learn about during the tours. They’ll even get an up-close look at some of the windfarm components being imported for delivery to regional NSW.

“I thank the Port Kembla port operators and their customers for their support of this terrific community initiative.”

NSW Ports is partnering with Inside Industry to deliver the tours over the coming months.

Stuart Barnes from Inside Industry said NSW Ports’ school outreach program was a fantastic way to engage the local community and educate students in a fun and informative setting.

“Inside Industry’s guides are incredibly passionate about Port Kembla and love sharing information about this fascinating and diverse precinct with all of our visitors,” Mr Barnes said.

“Port Kembla has evolved over more than a century and is now entering a new phase with exciting opportunities around decarbonisation and renewables as well.

“Our aim is to give students a better understanding of what goes on at Port Kembla, how it works and why it’s important. Some of the students may even be inspired to work at the port one day.”