BENGALLA is training the latest generation of Muswellbrook’s workforce, with 10 students spending a week at the mine to learn new skills.
The Muswellbrook High School pupils began on Monday and were addressed by Bengalla general manager Cam Halfpenny, who spoke to them about the doors a career in engineering or mining can open.
He also said the program, which they conduct every year, was crucial to the future of the region as well as those directly involved.
“We think it’s great, we get young kids in Year 10 to come and have a look at what the opportunities are in the mining industry,” he explained.
“And, I think it helps that we provide a bit of guidance for them for their future studies.
“It’s terrific to have the local kids come back to the local area and that's something we really try and support at Bengalla.”
The youngsters enjoy it, too, as revealed by 15-year-old Jesse Fittock who said it was a rewarding experience.
“It’s pretty exciting,” he added.
“I’m looking forward to when we get taken out to the mine.
“I’d like to take up an apprenticeship maybe later on.”
Jared Kermond, Nicholas Coombes, Peter Ingram, Brody Simpson, Ayden Henderson, Ethan Simpson, Liam Galvin, Koopa Graham and Jordan Maher also took part in the program, gaining valuable lessons throughout the week.