New scheme unveiled

Staff at Banks Mining's Shotton surface mine in Cramlington. Picture by Keith Taylor.
Staff at Banks Mining's Shotton surface mine in Cramlington. Picture by Keith Taylor.

Training opportunities available to more than 250 operational employees at North East company Banks Mining have been enhanced through a major investment in a new bespoke licensing scheme.

The firm is introducing a modular training programme to provide a framework through which skills and career-development opportunities can be extended and improved to the benefit of its employees and the business.

It aims to go beyond current minerals industry standards by offering plant operators the chance to broaden their knowledge and experience in the ways of working with new site designs, equipment and techniques.

Banks, which is behind plans for a surface mine close to Druridge Bay, has invested in a full-time trainer to lead the scheme and on-site training facilities at its Shotton surface mine in Cramlington.

The new system includes a management development programme.