The announcement of an innovative solution to address employment issues faced by Thomas Food International and Hillgrove Resources was made by the companies earlier this month.
Discussions held by stakeholders prompted Hillgrove to kick-start a recruitment drive for TFI employees effected by the fire to take up positions at the mining company’s Kanmantoo copper mine.
TFI’s Group Human Resources Manager Morna Young said that when Hillgrove approached TFI the company saw an opportunity to help support workers into employment throughtout the rebuild process while they continued to live in the Murray Bridge area.
“TFI is committed to finding employment solutions for staff affected by the Murray Bridge plant fire,” she said.
“At the same time, Hillgrove has a focus on local Adelaide Hills employment and is looking for reliable people to work at its Kanmantoo mine.
“This informal arrangement will benefit both companies as well as providing TFI employees the opportunity to learn new skills in the mining sector, gain full time employment and continue to live in the Murray Bridge area.”
TFI is committed to finding employment solutions for staff affected by the Murray Bridge plant fire.TFI Human Resources Manager Morna Young
Ms Young said any Murray Bridge TFI employee could apply to work at Hillgrove.
Hillgrove Resources General Manager Lachlan Wallace said the company looked for reliable locals interested in work at the mine with positions offered from plant operators to blast crew members.
“Hillgrove will provide necessary skills training for all of the roles on site,” he said.
“Workers will be hired under standard mining conditions, which include a two week on, one week off roster covering two 12 hour shifts.
“These are permanent positions. The existing surface mining operations will be completed in approximately two years and we are currently reviewing underground development potential which may extend mine life.
Interested applicants should contact Regional Development Australia Murraylands Riverland (RDAMR) on 8535 7170 or at 137 Adelaide Road Murray Bridge.