One People: New Starters at Middlemount Coal


Zach Kaur and Dakota Blake are the first new starters in the partnership between Middlemount Coal and One Key Resources as part of the One People Indigenous Employment Program. Middlemount Coal’s commitment to the program has been outstanding, showing a strong support toward providing a pathway for young Indigenous Australians into positions within the mining industry.

With a 3-month training plan already mapped out starting with light vehicle observations of the load and haul circuit, in cab observations of dump truck and in cab observations of an excavator, the trainees will be educated in the operational workings of a mine site, as well as the specific requirements of haul truck operations.  One Key will also be providing access to our Animation Technology which will assist in the knowledge development of the trainees towards Standard Operating Procedures in Dump truck operations in an Open Cut Coal mine.

The trainees will complete the dump truck traineeship in approximately 6 months’ time where they will be deemed competent to operate haul trucks in a load and haul circuit within a mining capacity. This will qualify them to receive the nationally recognized qualification; Conduct Haul Truck Operations.

The purpose of One People program is to provide Indigenous Australians with every opportunity to build themselves a career in the resources sector. Through the partnership with Middlemount Coal and One Key Resources, the two trainees are well on their way.