Adam trades up to a 100-tonne truck

Adam Pye, left, receives his licence card from Banks Mining's plant operator assessor/trainer Ewan Cowie.
Adam Pye, left, receives his licence card from Banks Mining's plant operator assessor/trainer Ewan Cowie.

A 22-year-old has traded up from a car to a 100-tonne dump truck after successfully completing his initial traineeship with regional employer Banks Mining.

As part of taking up a plant operating traineeship, Adam Pye had to undertake an intensive eight-week training course that introduced him to the skills required to operate a rigid dump truck used at Banks’ Shotton surface mine near Cramlington.

Having never previously driven anything larger than a car, he entered the programme through the company’s bespoke licencing scheme under the strict supervision of the family-owned firm’s in house training assessor.

He received hands-on experience of operating the machine in varying conditions around the site.

Adam initially shadowed experienced members of the Shotton mining team to see how they worked and covered the wide-ranging health and safety aspects of the machine’s operation, before taking the wheel under their close supervision and alternating with them over increasing periods of time.

After impressing his instructors with his aptitude for the task, he completed his assessments and is now responsible for operating one of the 30-strong fleet of rigid dump trucks at Shotton, which are used to move various materials around the site.

Adam, who lives in an area of Newcastle, said: “The training I was given before being allowed into the cab and the support I’ve had from the rest of the team enabled me to find my feet quickly.”