The longer a new starter needs to have a “babysitter” with them in the truck. Or has to be closely watched by the senior members of the crew on the job (Nipper, Offsider, Agi). Then the higher the chance that person will failure. I know most people naturally assume driving the truck is the most important skill they will have to learn. However, with safety at the forefront of everything we do on a hardrock mine site. It’s the new starter’s ability to be left alone, to safely get on with the job that counts. This is what the employers are after. If the new starter can’t do this, then they will quickly be given a “window seat” (the sack). It’s not until the new starter understands how the mine works and what everyone does in it, that they can’t be left alone.