Shenhua traineeships

Jared Beaman

Kain Montague will take up employment at Tamarang Engineering after completing a two year School Based Apprenticeship whilst finishing his Higher School Certificate at Quirindi High School.

The employment opportunity was made possible in part by Shenhua Watermark who, during the past two years, has financially supported eight individuals in completing School Based Traineeships within the Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains Shire regions.

Shenhua Watermark implemented this project with the assistance of Hunter Valley Training Company North West (HVTCNW). The venture began in 2012 with the aim of assisting local students in kick-starting their careers while concluding their HSC studies.

“HVTCNW approached schools within the Shenhua Watermark Mine local area, making available traineeships to interested student candidates,” explained Graham Grant, Manager of HVTC North West.

“The candidates were tested and interviewed. The top eight students were then placed into School Based Traineeships with local employers.

“Wages were paid by Shenhua Watermark and local employers assisted the project by supplying the work site and the ‘on the job’ training component,” he added.

Kain Montague was one of two Quirindi High School students to benefit from the program, with Kaleb Parsons also among the eight selected. As an outcome, both have achieved a Certificate Two in Fabrication as well as the opportunity to continue their apprenticeships with their employers.

Five students were selected for the venture from Gunnedah High School and a further one from Saint Mary’s Gunnedah.

According to Shenhua Watermark’s HR and Safety Manager Gerry McDonald, “Shenhua is keen to support and get involved with the community.

“The hope is that all eight students have received an increased interest in their chosen trade, an increased skill set and basic training which will create a better opportunity for them to find employment once they’ve completed their studies.”

As of now, seven of the eight people involved in the program have successfully completed their School Based Traineeship.

“It’s been a success and as a consequence we’ve given an undertaking so that as soon as the Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine is built we’re going to start the program again and continually have eight students involved at any one time,” explained Gerry.

Visit www.shenhuawatermark.com for information regarding the Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine project.

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