An underground mine training program called Coal Start, was introduced in New South Wales, Australia by Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher.
The Coal Start program is a joint initiative between a Coal Services business unit, Mines Rescue and the UGM Group. It allows for practical, hands-on experience conducted on an actual mine site, addressing the shortfall in the region’s mining industry.
The program aims to improve the safety and efficiency of new entrants into the industry, and includes the use of Coal Services’ latest virtual reality simulation technology, which enabled detailed familiarization of on-site operations, the mining environment, common hazards and equipment.
“The Coal Start program is an important initiative that will effectively serve the changing needs of the New South Wales coal-mining industry. The first-class training facilities will ensure miners are both work ready and work safe - crucial to supporting the health and safety of the industry,” Hartcher said.
On completion of the three-week course, participants would obtain five core competencies in Certificate II in underground mining, a pathway to Certificate II and Certificate III in underground mining, practical experience, and an understanding of a coal mine safety management system.