Experienced coal miners will have the chance to apply and be interviewed for underground mining jobs with Alliance Coal during an upcoming job fair in Hazard.
Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the job fair on Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard.
Alliance Coal officials will be on hand to accept résumés and applications for underground mining jobs available at four different mines in the Madisonville area of Western Kentucky through the company’s Warrior Coal and Hopkins County Coal Divisions.
The company is seeking miners with at least six months experience for the following positions: bolter operators, miner operators, foremen, examiners, pumpers, mechanics and belt mechanics.
Applicants should bring copies of their résumé and all mining certifications. Foremen and examiners need Kentucky underground foreman certification, mechanics and belt mechanics need Kentucky underground electrical certification, and pumpers need both foreman and electrical certifications.
H.O.M.E. is an initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network. EKCEP provides federally funded jobseeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky coalfields.
H.O.M.E. helps out-of-work miners discover their skills, determine new career options, covers costs for them to enter classroom training, and helps place them into subsidized on-the-job training positions with area employers.
The program is also creating partnerships with employers and organizations across Kentucky and other states to help miners find and land jobs that allow them to sustain their standard of living and continue to use their skills. In these cases, H.O.M.E. can also provide limited relocation assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities.
The program is funded through a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
To date, nearly 2,000 former coal miners and their spouses have enrolled in H.O.M.E. to seek assistance. Of that total, H.O.M.E. has helped nearly 600 miners enter classroom or on-the-job training and work internships, and helped nearly 700 others already find new jobs.
For more information on the Alliance Coal job fair, contact EKCEP toll-free at 1-855-HOME-690 (1-855-466-3690); visit www.homeeky.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ekcep.