First Female Mining Craft Apprentice starts at Big Pit

Following the successful introduction of a new apprenticeship scheme, Big Pit National Coal Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of another two new Mining Craft Apprentices…and this time with a truly unique difference!

With additional financial support from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s  (BBNPA) Sustainable Development Fund, Big Pit has appointed Emma Long from Abergavenny  and Lee Thomas from Treorchy as the second intake of new apprentices.

 Huw Jones, Mine Manager said, “Our first two apprentices, Ben Monro and Dai Powell, have now been with us for 6 months and have proved to be wonderful assets to Big Pit. We are extremely pleased to have been able to recruit two more apprentices, and thank BBNPA for their support. We are delighted to have both Emma and Lee join us and having Emma on board as the first female mining apprentice in Wales, is another ground-breaking achievement for Big Pit in providing the next generation of staff for the world-famous mining museum.”

Emma and Lee will complete vocational training, gain hands-on experience of working alongside members of the maintenance team and also become part-time members of the local Mines Rescue Team. Following an initial training period of six months, the Mining Craft Apprentices will become Underground Guides.

Lee, has previously worked as a Museum Assistant at National Museum Cardiff said,” Mining’s in my blood, with many of my family working in the industry, and I just jumped at the opportunity of working at Big Pit.”

Emma said “I am so pleased to be working at Big Pit and feel so privileged to be given the opportunity to be the first female mining apprentice!”

The apprenticeships are also part of Amgueddfa Cymru’s ongoing commitment to improving the traditional skills base in Wales.

Posted on: Monday 12th February 2018