Consol Energy Inc. has established its own underground mine academy to train foremen and future miners with no experience, reports Pittsburgh Business Times, referring to an article on Coal Age. With the training on site, the company ensures that it has enough qualified workers to replace experienced people leaving for retirement.
The Underground Training Center at the Bailey Mine complex, which is also called the Underground Mine Academy, has classrooms called Mind Shafts and an active continuous miner section for practice.
Apparently, the company has been seriously planning for retirements since 2007, when its first batch of baby boomers began leaving. “We are replacing people with 25 to 45 years of experience with people that have zero days of experience,” Brock [Jimmy Brock, COO-Coal, CONSOL Energy] told Coal Age.