Extra training for Indigenous mine workers

Indigenous employees at a mine in north-west Queensland have received special training to help them to secure jobs when the mine closes.

Century Mine, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, is Australia’s biggest zinc mine and is set to reach the end of its life in 2016.

General manager Karl Spaleck told the ABC that 30 trainees have been given new skills allowing them to work locally beyond that deadline.

"When we close the mine, we don’t want to have everyone sitting with nothing," he said.

"At least we’ll leave a legacy behind where people will have gained formal qualifications while working at Century Mine."

Image: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

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