CoalStart induction program launched in NSW
Mines Rescue (a division of Coal Services) and training provider UGM Australia have joined forces to deliver the CoalStart operator induction program, launched earlier this week.
The program aims to fill the shortfall of underground operators by providing hands-on experience on an actual mine site. The training facility is located at UGM’s site in Teralba, near Newcastle.
The Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher, threw his support behind the initiative at the launch of the program.
“The CoalStart program is an important initiative that will effectively serve the changing needs of the NSW coal mining industry.”
Chief executive of UGM, Paul Hartcher, said the purpose-built training centre ensures the trainees are exposed to hands-on practical training using real mining equipment on an actual mine site, something not previously seen in this industry.
On completion of CoalStart, participants obtain:
- Five core competencies in Certificate II underground mining;
- Pathway to Certificate II and Certificate III in underground mining;
- Practical experience in underground operator tasks;
- Understanding of a coal mine safety management system; and
- A documented record of training and assessment. The training program includes the use of Coal Services’ latest virtual reality simulation technology that enables detailed familiarisation unlike no other training platform of onsite operations, the mining environment, common hazards, routine tasks and equipment.