Patriot Coal accepting prep plant, underground applications at Feb. 5 job fair

January 30, 2014

In addition to seeking experienced underground miners for its Highland Mine in Western Kentucky, Patriot Coal will now also accept applications for hourly coal prep plant workers at an upcoming job fair in Hazard.

Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard.

Patriot officials will be on hand to personally accept applications and interview for underground mining and hourly prep plant positions, and discuss job opportunities available at their Highland Mine and operations in Western Kentucky. The company is seeking only skilled “black hat” miners for the underground mining positions.

All applicants should bring copies of their resume and mine certifications.

H.O.M.E. is a service of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network. EKCEP provides federally funded jobseeker and employer services in 23 counties in the Appalachian Kentucky coalfields.

H.O.M.E. helps out-of-work miners discover their skills, determine new career options, covers costs for them to enter classroom training, and helps place them into subsidized on-the-job training positions with area employers.

The program is also creating partnerships with employers and organizations across Kentucky and other states to help miners find and land jobs that allow them to sustain their standard of living and continue to use their skills. In these cases, H.O.M.E. can also provide limited relocation assistance to miners who accept out-of-area job opportunities.

The program is funded through a $5.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

More than 350 miners attended previous H.O.M.E. and KCA job fairs for Patriot Coal held in Hazard, Pikeville, and Harlan.

For more information on the Harlan Patriot Coal job fair, contact EKCEP toll-free at 1-855-HOME-690 (1-855-466-3690). Also visit us online at www.homeeky.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ekcep.