This year Centennial Coal (Centennial), in conjunction with Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) and Skillset, has welcomed six new apprentices. These apprentices will embark on a four year training programme that will see them attain nationally recognised qualifications.
Starting in late January, our six apprentices will begin their training and studying in the areas of mechanical or electrical engineering. Three apprentices are located in the Western Coalfields, with the other three located at our Lake Macquarie mines.
The Western apprentices will spend one day per week attending TAFE during the first semester, with an additional two days per week at the Tafe Skills Centre undertaking Centennial’s specially tailored enhancement programme during the second semester.
“We believe that offering these apprenticeships provides a solid foundation for successful applicants to gain qualifications to not only commence but also develop their careers, whether that is in the mining industry, or elsewhere in the longer term”, said Centennial’s Group Industrial Relation Manager Craig Gillard.
The three Lake Macquarie based apprentices were selected from over 1,300 candidates and will be the first to use and benefit from HVTC’s $5 million purpose built training centre, where they will be fill time for the first six months of their programme.
“We can deliver higher quality training, we can broaden the range of training and we can deliver flexibility to suit the changing needs of businesses and employers”, said Sharon Smith, HVTC CEO on the new facility.
Centennial is currently hosting 56 apprentices in total who are all at different stages of their four year apprenticeships. Centennial aims to foster the talents of these apprentices through the leadership and professional mentoring provided by the engineers and crews they work with.
“We are excited to be able to continue our apprenticeship programme and for another round of apprentices to benefit from the world class training they will experience with the HVTC, Skillset and Centennial. We look forward to working with them to achieve their goals”, concluded Centennial’s HR Coordinator Scott Ambrose.