Fitzroy Australia Resources plans to fill half of the jobs it is creating at the Ironbark No. 1 coal project in Queensland with workers who are new to the mining industry.
The company will require more than 350 workers at the coking coal operation near Moranbah and has earmarked 50 per cent of the roles for mining rookies.
Fitzroy has formed a partnership with SES Labour Services to provide the training, development and recruitment solutions.
SES will deliver the cultural assessment, training requirements and recruitment activities needed for the development.
Ironbark will become the first new development from a group of assets Fitzroy acquired from Brazilian miner Vale in November 2016.
Fitzroy also acquired the Carborough Downs mine, Broadlea project, and a portfolio of development and exploration projects.
The mine, which is scheduled to reach production in first quarter 2020, will be an underground longwall, and bord and pillar site operated by its owner. It will share major infrastructure with Carborough Downs.
Fitzroy chief executive officer Grant Polwarth said the partnership was important in de-risking the development of Ironbark No.1.
“Employing some 350 new Fitzroy personnel is very exciting for our business and the region and it comes with both great opportunity and challenge,” Polwarth said.
“Partnering with SES Labour Solutions to not only help recruit and train our new workforce, but further enhance our culture and vision of being a people business that mines coal is another way of challenging industry norms.”
Recruitment for the underground mining roles is expected to begin in fourth quarter 2019.
SES executive general manager Nathan Sharpe said Fitzroy’s innovative practices and people-centric approach made the partnership a logical alignment.
“Fitzroy are a future market leader in the mining industry, always looking to push the boundaries on traditional mining methodology,” Sharpe said.
“What Fitzroy have achieved at Carborough Downs in such a short space of time is a remarkable result already. Their focus on people, and in particular, their desire to drive performance at individual and team levels, is second to none within the industry.”
The agreement with SES is the latest innovative partnership that Fitzroy has set up for the development of Ironbark since the project was approved by the Queensland Government last month.
Fitzroy also established a partnership with Nepean Mining, which will design and deliver key equipment and infrastructure at the project.
Nepean’s scope at Ironbark includes conveyors, electrical systems, electrical reticulation, the mine ventilation system and the longwall system.