28 July, 2016
West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project recently progressed onto its planning and design phases, as well as further on site exploration works and we are delighted that we have been able to help a number of local people to gain some work experience, and be involved in the project from the early stages.
Paul, from Beckermet, approached West Cumbria Mining looking to gain some hands on experience with our team of Geologists through the summer. Having just completed his first year studying Environmental Geoscience at Durham University, WCM were delighted to be in a position to help.
Daniel, also joins us as a Field Assistant for the summer. Daniel, who lives in St Bees, is an undergraduate in Geophysics at Leeds University and will spend his summer gaining field experience with the team. So far he has helped the Geology team to erect the logging shelter at the next drill site and learnt more about coal exploration techniques and core logging at our onshore drilling sites.
We were also contacted by Edward, who was enquiring about the possibility of employment in a more general capacity. He is now undertaking the mammoth task of hand-delivering our Neighbourhood Updates to the 1,350 or so houses local to the project site to ensure they are kept fully up to date with progress, even if they do not have web access or cannot come to our visitors’ events. He will also support our Cumbria team with other tasks on a part-time basis.
We have also helped another two local people to gain employment with our drilling partner, Priority Drilling, who we contacted on their behalf. We have clearly stated that we are aiming for 80 percent of our workforce to come from the local area; we really are committed to this aim, and wish to support those motivated individuals who are looking for employment.