Learning the ropes at New Acland Mine

11 October 2016

It’s been a rewarding year for New Hope Group with New Acland Mine welcoming six new local trainees, adding to the five existing local apprentices at the mining operations.

The mine’s trainees began in January this year and will complete their year-long traineeship with a Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations.

The five apprentices have gained invaluable experience in the mine’s two trade apprenticeship stream learning either boiler making or mechanical engineering skills.

Over 100 applications were received for the traineeship program, with applicants progressing through a series of phone interviews and recruitment days to secure a position in the twelve month traineeship program.

New Hope Training and Emergency Response Coordinator Grant McDonald said both the traineeship and apprenticeship programs were a great way to provide opportunity in the community at the same time as giving locals a foot into the industry.

“Having the trainees onsite has been great, they’re enthusiastic and ready to learn and have been progressing really well so far,” he said.

“I first started with New Hope as a trainee over 26 years ago and I can still remember those early days and how exciting it was to come onto a mine site for the first time and learn the ropes.”

Trainee Rachael Hudson said she was over the moon about landing the traineeship and had been enjoying her time at New Acland Mine.

“Everyone at New Acland has been really welcoming and we feel like they genuinely want to help us learn and help us understand how everything works,” she said.

“So far my favourite part of the program has been learning about the heavy vehicles, and spending time with skilled operators to learn how to operate them safely and productively.”

Oakey trainee Tim Moore said he always knew he wanted to work in the mining industry.

“Mining jobs normally call for a specific skill set and through New Hope’s traineeship I’m able to learn those skills and give myself the best opportunity of working in the industry,” he said.

New Hope has also welcomed Darling Downs locals Ryan Hughes, Shaun Vonhoff, Brendan Collard and William Green into the traineeship program.

It’s been a rewarding year for New Hope Group with New Acland Mine welcoming six new local trainees, adding to the five existing local apprentices at the mining operations.

The mine’s trainees began in January this year and will complete their year-long traineeship with a Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations.

The five apprentices have gained invaluable experience in the mine’s two trade apprenticeship stream learning either boiler making or mechanical engineering skills.

Over 100 applications were received for the traineeship program, with applicants progressing through a series of phone interviews and recruitment days to secure a position in the twelve month traineeship program.

New Hope Training and Emergency Response Coordinator Grant McDonald said both the traineeship and apprenticeship programs were a great way to provide opportunity in the community at the same time as giving locals a foot into the industry.

“Having the trainees onsite has been great, they’re enthusiastic and ready to learn and have been progressing really well so far,” he said.

“I first started with New Hope as a trainee over 26 years ago and I can still remember those early days and how exciting it was to come onto a mine site for the first time and learn the ropes.”

Trainee Rachael Hudson said she was over the moon about landing the traineeship and had been enjoying her time at New Acland Mine.

“Everyone at New Acland has been really welcoming and we feel like they genuinely want to help us learn and help us understand how everything works,” she said.

“So far my favourite part of the program has been learning about the heavy vehicles, and spending time with skilled operators to learn how to operate them safely and productively.”

Oakey trainee Tim Moore said he always knew he wanted to work in the mining industry.

“Mining jobs normally call for a specific skill set and through New Hope’s traineeship I’m able to learn those skills and give myself the best opportunity of working in the industry,” he said.

New Hope has also welcomed Darling Downs locals Ryan Hughes, Shaun Vonhoff, Brendan Collard and William Green into the traineeship program.