Record-Breaking Weekend for West Cumbria Mining
The community shows overwhelming support for West Cumbria Mining as open days saw over 1000 people through the door.
The weekend has been a huge success for West Cumbria Mining as more people were in attendance at the open day on Saturday, than at any event previously. The open days were held for the general public to find out about employment opportunities, what the project involves and how it is all progressing.
The West Cumbria Mining project proposes to create over 500 permanent roles, with impressive indicative salary levels and employee benefits. They also intend to employ up to 50 apprentices at any one time on an Apprenticeship Scheme.
With this in mind, the open days have attracted a whole range of age demographics, from college engineering students to experienced miners from the industry.
Helen Davies, Communications Manager said: “We had close 1100 people through the doors, with more people on Saturday than at any event before, and there was lots of new faces and interest.”
She continued: “There was quite a mixture of ages, with a lot more younger people this time; the age demographic has changed with a lot of people in their mid 20s to 40s looking at potential employment opportunities. We also had quite a lot of ex-miners come up from Yorkshire to look at possible opportunities for experienced miners.”
The backing of the general public is vital to the success of the project and the team have been monitoring feedback carefully from the beginning. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with levels of support expected to be over 90%.
Speaking at the event on Friday, CEO Mark Kirkbride said: “It fits really well into the history of West Cumbria. It appeals to a lot of people from this area who have got a lot of mining legacy in their family history, it’s in a diverse location and it’s good jobs.”
The planning application for the project will be submitted by the end of May, with a decision expected by October this year. The next West Cumbria Mining update event will be held in June.
Pre-registration for applicants closes on 31st March. Visit www.westcumbriamining.com
Images taken by Jim Davis