Skills Development

We don’t just train our staff; we ensure whole communities benefit from our operations.

Our policy of nationalisation up-skills, our national labour force through skills transfer as well as training and mentorship so we leave communities much stronger than when we entered.

In the past 5 years our operations in Indonesia and Mongolia have successfully issued over 1,100 operator certificates to our national workforce, with drillers independently managing their own teams within only 18 months.

This is backed by our mentorship and counterpart training program which in over 5 years has delivered nearly 100% national skilled operator complement at our Freeport projects.

We believe this policy benefits everyone we work with, just as importantly helps the communities in which they live.

RUC Operator Training.

RUC currently employ > 45 trained raise drill operators, that have completed the Australian Cert 3 trades accreditation for Raise Drillers and a greater number of trainee drillers.

The continuing training program provides for skills upgrading, continued evaluation and assessing to assist personnel develop their skills and achieve higher driller competency status.

Trainee Raise drillers are employed to assist the drillers and complete on the job driller training (Apprenticeships) while being continuously monitored by Area Managers certified as trainers and assessors

Training Academy

Training Academy

The workforce of tomorrow.

RUC is currently building our Training Academy within the confines of our Kalgoorlie Service Centre facility.

The impetus to create the Training Academy, was to provide a solution to the industry-wide skills shortage, particularly in the underground mining and shaft sinking space by providing an avenue for people within the industry to upskill and to provide an avenue for new to industry Employees to develop a career in underground mining.

With an initial focus on shaft sinking. An assessment of our people needs to service our upcoming works and future works has made this an imperative for the business and we are investing heavily in being self-reliant when it comes to servicing our future human resources needs.

As a wise man once said ‘an investment in knowledge pays the best interest and an investment in training delivers the greatest dividends’.

Providing opportunities.

The Training Academy is conveniently based ‘in house’ at RUC Mining’s Kalgoorlie Service Centre. This purpose-built facility including classrooms and an actual operating will be a state-of-the-art training center complimented with virtual reality capabilities so the students can visualize the actual project they will end up working on.

The training and assessment will be both theory and practical based. Each new recruit will be trained to work safely, efficiently and inline with modern mining practices. Once the Trainee has been deemed competent by our experienced RUC assessors they will then be mobilised to our projects.

This extra exposure gives the newcomer a well-rounded education in a safe, supervised environment adding to their overall knowledge of RUC  and provides them with an overview of the career opportunities available to them.

The recruitment strategy also includes a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. RUC is offering sponsorships to community organisations in return for candidates to join our cadetship programme. This interaction has allowed Mining to build strong relationships with indigenous foundations giving us the opportunity to bring more indigenous recruits onboard. More importantly this relationship allows us to provide opportunities for indigenous youth to gain full time employment, thus improving (where required) their social skills and mental health.

Cadetship Program

Currently RUC are already creating the next generation of underground miners with our successful Cadetship Program. This program will neatly dovetail with the Training Academy whereby RUC can attract young school leavers through to mature age candidates (or trainees) with our strong and supported learning culture. The cadetship program boasts a 74% retention rate and of those cadets that complete the program 100% have secured full time positions. We have cadets in Western Australia and Tasmania to date and will continue to build on the program.

The long-term mission is to reaffirm that RUC is foremost an exceptional underground mining contractor, more importantly it’s a company actively building the mining workforce of tomorrow.

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Nick Maguire

Manager Mechanised Mining and Raise Boring

Since 1996, Nick’s career to date has predominantly involved underground metalliferous mining.
His experience gained during this time has been from the ground up, having spent years working underground at the ‘coal face’ through to statutory and senior management positions on site and at corporate head offices. This has given Nick an in depth knowledge of all aspects associated with underground mining.

Tracey Chan

Finance Controller and Company Secretary

Tracey is a CPA qualified Accountant with 16 years’ experience working in various industries, including telecommunications, engineering and construction, professional services and the property sector. She started her career in Perth with Gascoine Group and VDM Engineering and Construction, before moving to London to work for City of London Telecom. Tracey joined RUC in 2014 and manages the day-to-day finance function, supporting internal and external business stakeholders, Project Managers and The Board of Directors.

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