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May 2018 – Cadets join the ranks at Mines Rescue

2018 sees the reinstatement of the Mines Rescue cadet program. The aim of the program is to employ young, keen and dedicated personnel to learn the skills and competencies of a Mines Rescue Training Officer with the objective of gaining industry employment on completion of their two year cadetship.

“Our decision to reinstate the program this year reflects changes to the current mining cycle where we are seeing an upswing in employment opportunities,” explained Matthew Fellowes, General Manager Mines Rescue and Regulation and Compliance. “It also demonstrates our support of introducing and training young workers to the industry from our local communities.”

One cadet is based at each of the regions.

The program originally ran from 2004 to 2013 during a time when the industry was experiencing substantial growth. The cadet program ceased in 2014 in line with pressures associated with the industry downturn such as slowed employment.