Miller Argent continues to offer work and training to local jobseekers.
Miller Argent has continued to offer employment and training to workers from surrounding communities with a number of new hires this year.
Currently, 85% of the workers at Miller Argent’s Ffos-y-fran Land Reclamation Scheme live within 15km of the site.
Some of the new hires at the Ffos-y-fran site had been searching for work for months. Local men John Stokes and Paul Davies joined the Miller Argent team just after Christmas as articulated dump truck drivers and have now found secure employment, right on their doorstep.
At 35ft long and with over 400hp (roughly four times the average car), driving the articulated dump trucks takes skill and precision. These huge vehicles are used for transporting hundreds of tons of material around the Ffos-y-fran site.
John Stokes has lived in Bargoed for the past 20 years and was previously a Ganger Foreman on construction sites in Caerphilly. After attending a community information event about the proposed Nant Llesg surface mine, John got in contact with Miller Argent and was soon offered work.
Paul Davies is from Bedlinog and was made redundant as a Senior Supervisor at Aberpergym Colliery and was out of work for just over a year before he started working at Ffos-y-fran. Both men met Jason Davies, Health and Safety Advisor for Miller Argent, at public information events, which were held to publicise the proposed Nant Llesg surface mine scheme. Jason was able to give them useful advice and help them to find stable work at Ffos-y-fran.