North East employer Banks Mining is encouraging people living in the communities around a new surface mine in County Durham to apply for the dozens of new jobs at the site for which it has now begun to recruit.
The County Durham-headquartered firm is looking to recruit plant and general operatives to work at the Bradley surface mine, which sits off the A692 between Leadgate and Dipton.
Preparations for starting work on site in the coming months are currently ongoing, and as part of its policy of bringing a range of direct benefits to the communities in which it operates, Banks Mining is aiming to attract as many local applications as possible for the roles.
The successful plant operative job applicants will operate items of earthmoving plant including rigid and articulated dump trucks, 360 degree excavators and loading shovels.
Training will also be provided as required for specific activities by Banks Mining, which has held Investors In People accreditation for more than 20 years.
Around 30 new jobs will be supported at the Bradley site in total, along with others in the local supply chain, and a related community benefits fund will be created which will be available to support eligible local community projects and initiatives.
Preparations and mining at the site are scheduled to run for between two and three years with all on site activity complete in 2021. Restoration will include the creation of a new nature reserve and parkland area, as well as the return of some of the land to agricultural use.
A project liaison committee comprised of local residents and community leaders set up to ensure information on all aspects of the scheme and its operations can be shared between the company and local people recently held its first meeting.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “We have a strong track record of employing people living in the communities around our projects wherever possible, and with recruitment for the jobs we’ll be creating at the Bradley site now beginning, we’re especially keen to hear from local people who have the skills and experience required for the available roles.
“We are continuing to talk to people across the local community about the wider progress being made with the Bradley project, with many of the comments we’ve been getting on the doorstep recognising both the importance of bringing new jobs and supply chain opportunities to the area.
“Government projections state that coal will continue to be an important part of the UK’s energy mix until at least 2025, and substantial amounts are also essential for a wide variety of important UK industrial processes, such as the manufacturing of cement and steel.
“Coal has been used to meet more than a quarter of the country’s energy requirements during the recent spell of cold weather, which clearly demonstrates the importance of its use to provide an essential and resilient part of a balanced mix of energy generation sources over the medium term.”
Founded in Tow Law, County Durham in 1976, Banks Mining has operated and restored 111 surface mines across Scotland and northern England over the last four decades, and currently employs around 200 people at its Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines near Cramlington in Northumberland.
For further information on the jobs available at the Bradley surface mine project, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/projects/mining/bradley