Nope no mining drones as an alpha, but you can train up to tech2 mining lasers and mining upgrades 2 as an alpha.
The venture is a good lil mining ship, very large ore bay(I mined in a navitas back in the day with 100k hold, and 1/4 the bonuses).
As an alpha, you can’t train up anything larger than a cruiser and no mining barges.
[Venture, Venture Capital]
Mining Laser Upgrade I
ML-3 Scoped Survey Scanner
1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Particle Bore Compact Mining Laser (till trained to Miner 2s)
Particle Bore Compact Mining Laser
Core Probe Launcher I, Core Scanner Probe I (swapable to salvager, but I do all my scanning while mining)
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I (boost scanning strength)
Hobgoblin I x2