Mastermyne Opens its Cleanskin Training Centre
By now most of you would have seen or heard about the new training facility Mastermyne has established in Mackay to train cleanskins in the basics of underground mining. We are asked by many people why we built the centre and the answer is that we are in the business of supplying teams of management, trades and operators to carry out contract work, so without good people we can’t continue to grow the business. The training centre is one way we are bringing new labour to our projects and ultimately growing our business.
The centre is set up to provide cleanskins with the basic introductory skills in mining. At the centre the trainees learn about our safety tools and how to use them, they are taught the terminology of underground mining and they experience the work that is actually done underground. Some of the tasks they perform are - building and spraying stoppings, standing props and
building link n locks, installing and retracting services, standing lining and levelling conveyor structure and drilling roof and rib bolts with hand held equipment. Part of the training is when undertaking all these tasks they are taught how to integrate the safety tools we use such as take 5’s and slams into their everyday workings so they have a better understanding of how to use them and when to use them.
Whilst we are very confident on what the centre is teaching these cleanskins we also recognise that we need to continue to
build the base of experienced miners, so we will continue to recruit both within Australia and overseas. We are also recruiting hard rock underground miners to add to the experience levels. The training centre alone isn’t the silver bullet to recruitment so that’s why we have a number of recruitment initiatives working together to not only achieve the numbers we need but to ensure we maintain the highest level of underground experience across our workforce.
More than 100 people celebrated the official opening of Mastermyne’s underground training facility on Wednesday the 20th of October. A vision in the making for more than 3 years, Myne Start Training Complex was officially opened by the CEO of the
Queensland Resources Council before invited guests representing Anglo, Xstrata, BMA, Rio Tinto, Peabody and regional bodies such as the Regional Council and Central Queensland University.
The first group of participants completed their four weeks of specialised underground training on the 22nd of October and will commence at the Moranbah North and Oaky sites in early November. It is expected a total of 100 participants will successfully graduate from the training program in the next 12 months.
The $1.2 million cost of the purpose built facility was fully funded by Mast ermyne. We view this as a valuable contribution in
sustaining the underground coal mining sector and enabling us to meet both our own and clients needs. The cleanskin training package in the Myne Start Training complex is one example of how Mastermyne introduce creative solutions to well
position ourselves for the ever increasing demand for labour.
If you’re interested in visiting the centre contact the office to arrange a look around.