Mining tickets are big business
THE BUSINESS of learning to be a coal miner is booming.
Yesterday in Hervey Bay 60 potential miners turned up to the briefing for the Coast’s first coal seam gas/coal surface generic induction course, which is compulsory for those wanting to work in the industry.
SkillCentred Qld’s Fraser Coast training co-ordinator Michele Irving and Ange Bradby from Baseline Training in Brisbane told the trainees – some of them women – what they would learn if they started the $600 course.
Over the past 12 months women’s participation rate in the resource sector has increased to 14 per cent, up from 11.3 per cent in 2007-08, according to a survey by the sector’s peak industry body, the Qld Resources Council.
“With the news of Northern Energy starting at Aldershot and other recent articles in the national press about the shortage of workers for the booming mining and coal seam gas industries, the impact has really hit the Fraser Coast,” Ms Irving said.
“After the Chronicle mentioned on February 5 that we were going to do two of these courses in the region, our phones rang off the hook and we even had to put on extra staff to handle the volume of calls.
“This course is unique, because it covers both coal seam gas as well as coal surface. The objective of this unique course is to prepare people to work on coal mines throughout Qld and arrow energy coal seam gas leases but we’ve also got current surface coal miners coming along because they want to get their coal seam gas ticket.
“With new mines proposed for Aldershot, Wandoan, Alpha and the coal seam gas operations in the Surat Basin, Bowen Basin, hundreds of kilometres of pipelines and liquefied natural gas plants in Gladstone, the industries will be employing tens of thousands of people.”
There have now been extra courses scheduled for both Hervey Bay and Maryborough and Ms Irving is considering running more at Biggenden and Gayndah.
At the completion of the courses in the Bay on February 22, 23, 24 and 25, trainees will be given the contact details of mining and coal seam gas companies that are experiencing rapid growth.
Ms Irving will hold a briefing session in Maryborough on February 25 and the actual courses run there on March 15 and 16.