Sustainable Livelihoods

HZL Mining Academy

Skill Building is key to improving employability among youth. While the future of the mining industry rests on underground mining, India has a shortage of skilled workers to work in underground mines. Seeing this important gap, HZL has partnered with the Skill Council of Mining Sector (SCMS) and the Indian Institute of Skill Development (IISD) to start India’s first intensive skill-building training on underground mining.
The first program launched was Jumbo Drill Operators (JDO) training program, followed by a training program for Winding Engine Drivers (WED) and Banksman/Bellman. A total of 221 trainees have been trained and mostly placed so far.
Currently, 35 students of JDO 4th Batch (out of a total 93) and 95 trainees of 5th Batch mainly from HZL’s operational areas are undergoing 24 months (earlier 18 months) residential training at three Mining Academy Centres of HZL (Dariba, Agucha & Zawar). In the 4th batch, out of 93 candidates, 58 candidates have completed their training and 29 candidates have already been placed.