Recruitment drive at one of South Yorkshire’s last collieries

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ONE of South Yorkshire’s last remaining coal mines has embarked on a large-scale recruitment drive with 100 jobs available.

Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, needs mechanical and electrical technicians and deputies but is interested in hearing from other former pitworkers who are interested in a return to the coal face.

The permanent jobs will increase the current Hatfield workforce by more than 20 per cent, and they are being created after an agreement to introduce new, four-shift round-the-clock working patterns to increase efficiency and maximise production.

Operations at Hatfield Colliery are managed by coal industry experts Hargreaves Services, which owns and operates South Yorkshire’s other remaining deep mine at Maltby, near Rotherham.

Gerry Huitson, Hargreaves’ production division managing director, said: “As part of our long-term business plan for Hatfield we concluded that, in order to make the mine more efficient and more competitive, we needed to make the transition to four-shift working.

“With the support of the Hatfield workforce who are overwhelmingly in favour of the new system, we intend to introduce new shift patterns from September.”

Keith Ivory, the company’s head of human resources, said: “We now have an urgent need to employ experienced, competent and qualified miners.”

Applicants for the new jobs are invited to visit the Hargreaves website careers section at www.hargreavesservices.co.uk or call the colliery on 01302 351144.