For the people who live in Whitehaven and the surrounding areas there will be excellent opportunities for those who successfully gain employment at Woodhouse Colliery. In addition, local businesses could benefit by becoming suppliers to WCM.
When fully operational, the mine will directly employ a workforce of around 500 people. Our aim wherever possible is to recruit locally, with a target that at least 80 percent of roles will be filled by local people. Opportunities range from employment for those with previous mining experience to school leavers looking for a place on our apprenticeship scheme. We also forecast more than 1,000 indirect jobs through the supply chain.
Throughout the life of the mine we believe people will benefit from long-term employment and valuable training.
You can find out more about the types of jobs available, above and below ground, here
We are also planning to create a public open green space, which will include a new footpath to connect High Road to the coastal path. The area will be planted with local trees and shrubs to encourage biodiversity and will be maintained by WCM to ensure it remains usable and attractive for years to come.
Once into production, WCM will create a Community Fund to support local charities and organisations with projects that echo our desire to promote health and well-being, local amenities such as footpaths and cycleways, as well as a plan to secure the future of the old Haig Mining Museum building.
The mine will provide an opportunity for visitors to the area, walkers, climbers etc. to see a thriving community and a business supporting local initiatives.