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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
27 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 2 People The Narrabri mine Trainee Program is a successful initiative that has delivered tangible bene ts for Whitehaven, the individuals involved, and the community. Since commencing production in 2010 Whitehaven's Narrabri mine has employed almost 60 inexperienced underground tradespersons and operators as trainees under its "cleanskins" program. These people are either local, or have moved to the region permanently as a result of their employment. The number of inexperienced people who can be introduced into the mine is restricted by the number of experienced people available to provide close personal supervision for the twelve months it takes to train people up to a satisfactory safety standard. The Narrabri mine now hires almost its entire workforce directly, and by far the majority of them live in the local region. The team, including those recruited under the trainee program successfully completed the mine's rst longwall changeout, on-time and on-budget. This was a highly commendable achievement and a clear indication of the success of the program and the individuals undertaking it. More information regarding the performance of our Narrabri mine is available on page 14 of this report. Narrabri mine Trainee Program Other training Throughout the year Whitehaven provided training for employees to enable them to safely undertake their role. The type of training varies depending on the duties to be performed and is speci c to each role. A training needs analysis tool has been developed to enable operations to determine this training requirement. Based on the training needs analysis a training plan is produced to detail when and what training is to be undertaken. In addition to role speci c training, other external and Whitehaven training and awareness information is provided to our employees, contractors and management. The following are examples of training provided throughout the reporting period: • First Aid Training • Supervisor Training • Manual Handling Training • Generic and Site Health and Safety Inductions • Mines Rescue and Emergency Management Training • Internal Auditing Training • Toolbox Talks • Incident Management System Training • New equipment familiarisation • Health and Safety Standards / procedures and assessments • Mechanical / Electrical / Operational skills training Apprenticeships, traineeships, scholarships and cadetships As at June 30, 2013 Whitehaven employed 13 apprentices, both full-time and schools-based. The apprentice program is in line with Whitehaven's philosophy of continually enhancing its locally-based workforce and is designed to encourage students to pursue a career that interests them, while continuing their education. The school-based program allows students to commence an apprenticeship while carrying out their studies at the same time. This means that when students complete Year 12, not only will they have completed their HSC but they will also have completed the rst 12 months of their apprenticeship. The program also has advantages for local businesses, with apprentices completing a set amount of on-the- job training with a local company which is sponsored by Whitehaven. Local businesses have the services of an employee for a period of time after which the apprentice continues their training at one of Whitehaven's mine sites. The Whitehaven Coal Apprentice Program is developed and operated in partnership with local group training provider, New England North West Group Training. University Scholarships have been o ered to three successful applicants, at one per year since 2010. These scholarships were o ered to all local high schools in Gunnedah and Narrabri Shires. The successful applicants each year have come from Narrabri Shire Council area. Students have selected courses at universities in Sydney, Brisbane and Armidale respectively. The scholarships are for four years each, and will be used to assist with expenses such as travel, text books, living away from home expenses and course fees. The students are o ered vacation work, to assist them in gaining valuable practical experience to supplement their university coursework.
Annual Report 2012