A SYDNEY businessman who trains people to operate machinery used in mines is "amazed" at the crowds that took advantage of two information sessions he conducted in Dubbo.
Owner and operator of CES Mining and Employment Peter Rideout reports that a total of 170 men, women and teenagers turned out to learn about the mining industry and how they could enter it.
Their questions at the sessions held at the Macquarie Inn touched on topics such as rosters, wages, superannuation, overtime, accommodation and training.
"Granddads brought their grandchildren," said Mr Rideout, who generally gets between 40 and 50 people at individual sessions on the coast.
The businessman said his excursion to Dubbo was in response to "new mines" on the horizon, including the Tomingley Gold Project and the Cobbora Coal Project.
He said most of the people who attended the sessions wanted to "work locally", but some were prepared to be fly-in fly-out workers at far-flung mines.
The website www.cesmining.com.au provides details of the business which promises to "get your mining career on track".
Clients pay to learn how to operate machinery before being assessed by a registered training organisation in order to receive a nationally-accredited competency certificate and licence.
CES Mining and Employment also "markets" its clients to mine managers across Australia.
On Tuesday Mr Rideout reported of seven residents of Dubbo travelling to his property at Tahmoor near Picton for training this Saturday, and his expectation of more to come.