Northern Star to launch training program earlier than expected

Northern Star Resources executive chairman Bill Beament has expressed excitement at the renewed potential of his company’s $50 million apprenticeship program, first announced at the Diggers & Dealers conference in August.

The gold miner’s plans were being stymied by the WA Labor Government’s controversial gold royalty hike proposal, killed off this week after a Liberal disallowance vote. Training is planned to begin by the end of the calendar year.

“We can reignite that now and we’re bloody excited about that because we want to keep kids in the Goldfields and Kalgoorlie and one way you can keep them is giving them an apprenticeship in the trade they want to pursue,” Northern Star chief executive Bill Beament told The West.

Beament was one of several industry leaders who expressed satisfaction over the results of the vote, with industry voices having expressed concern at the lost investment the hike would have caused.

The company’s plans involve taking on between 10 and 20 apprentices for training in the Goldfields region in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, as part of a wider push towards preparations for the Australian mining industry’s recognised trend towards underground operations over the next decade.