NSW mining companies invest in jobs for the future
April 17, 2012

In a survey of the NSW minerals industry, we discovered that 75% of our members have apprentices or trainees employed and most are planning to put on a greater number in 2012. We also found out that 95% of trainees or apprentices complete their training and 90% stay on with their employer after finishing their training. 

 

We’re committed to providing local employment opportunities with 98% of apprentices and trainees in NSW mining recruited locally. Coal & Allied and Glencore Xstrata also have initiatives in place to increase local skills development. 

 

Coal & Allied has taken on 16 apprentices in the company’s largest intake to date. The apprentices are studying engineering at the Hunter Institute Muswellbrook Mining Industry Skills Centre and will start their practical rotation at Coal & Allied’s Hunter Valley sites later this year. Supporting Upper Hunter Valley locals in their career development is a commitment by the coal miner to the local community. 

 

The new electrical fitting and plant mechanic apprentices were chosen through local skills development and apprentice training employer NovaSkill. 

 

Glencore Xstrata has also developed an initiative to tackle the skills shortage in the resources industry through an Australian-first underground training facility. 

 

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Glencore Xstrata's A1 Crew - Andrew McGuirk, Andrew Dean, Kyle Holland, Bryson Thomas, Hayden Foster, Robert Champion, Inoke Ratudina, Rhys Bennett, Peter Dean, Mitch English, Rob Pattison.

 

The training facility, at the Baal Bone mine near Lithgow, has been developed as a site for new underground workers to learn skills and familiarise themselves with the equipment used in a mining operation. 

 

New workers will spend 12 weeks at the training facility, which also means that local talent have the opportunity to stay in the Central West as trainers and assessors at the facility. 

 

The first group of graduates from the nearby Ulan West mine in Mudgee have completed their training and eventually graduates from across NSW and Australia will have the chance to train at the Baal Bone facility.

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