Dalradian wants help to grow local workforce

Late last year we submitted our Planning Application to build an underground gold mine in West Tyrone. As a result, news is spreading about the job and supplier opportunities that will be created by a new industry in Northern Ireland. We expect a review of the application, consultation and the anticipated public inquiry to take 18-24 months, followed by a decision on the application. This means that we could be starting mine construction sometime in the next several years and therefore need to start designing our training programs.

Dalradian’s underground gold mine is projected to operate for a minimum of 20 years and will create at least 350 permanent jobs, with an average salary of £40,000. Consistent with NI employment law, we aim to employ mostly local people from West Tyrone. This area doesn’t have an extensive history of mining although it does have a rich quarrying and mining equipment/engineering industry. The primary occupations in the area are farming and construction, which are also good backgrounds for entering the mining industry. You can help us build our training programs by letting us know what type of work you are interested in, as well as your experience and education. You can do this by either inputting your information at or by visiting or calling one of our offices in Gortin or Omagh. To help you learn more about our project, we offer tunnel and site tours of our existing exploration site on a regular basis. Just contact Dalradian’s Gortin office on 028 816 48012 to book your spot on our next tour.

Dalradian is already one of the area’s largest employers, with almost 100 workers on our exploration project, the majority of which are from the local area. Since beginning work on the Curraghinalt gold deposit in late 2009, we have offered a range of training programs to our staff in areas such as human resources, geology, management, presentation skills, engineering, environmental management and health and safety. Our employees have had the opportunity to gain new skills and progress in their careers.

Dalradian is delighted to be working with South West College in Omagh to extend this commitment to training and upskilling by creating courses to prepare people for the full range of careers in mining. We are looking to build our database of hundreds of people interested in working at Curraghinalt so that we can develop a long term plan along with South West College to provide the best courses and curricula to offer based on the skills and experience of the local workforce. South West College has begun working collaboratively with a Canadian-based mining college to gain more information about existing mining courses. The college has also investigated virtual reality programs that could be used to train miners and heavy equipment operators. South West College already offers a number of courses and programs in its highly impressive campus in the heart of Omagh. It has developed courses on the environment, business and other areas that are directly applicable to careers in mining.

Furthermore, we are looking to work with local schools and with Northern Ireland’s key universities, so that we can build on the positive work already being done with South West College. A wide range of positions will be available within the mine, the processing plant and support functions that will suit a range of skills and education levels. Building a full suite of training courses to support these jobs will take time and that’s why we need your information now, even though the hiring will take place in the coming years.

If a career in mining appeals to you, please send us your information so that we can build the programs to support you. You may also consider supporting our planning application to build a mine by clicking on We look forward to working with you, the local community, businesses and suppliers and together to building a new era of opportunity for Tyrone, and Northern Ireland.


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