Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Some Mining Companies are Proactively Developing their Talent

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Everyone in the mining industry is by now familiar with its skewed age distribution profile, with high densities of baby boomers about to retire and plenty of young entrants, and a shortage of experienced mid-career professionals. However, the focus of the real war-for-talent is the silent talent drain of experienced and motivated employees and the lack of initiative in ways to combat this. One way to stay ahead in the quest for talent is to transform the organization into a “talent engine,” actively managing four

New Online Course: Strategic Social Management

Strategic Social Management

Even the smallest group of pre-exploration geologists walking through a community can set off gossip and speculation about potential future economic, political, environmental, social and cultural transformations in a community; construction and operations typically lead to significant long-term change. A strategic social management system can help a company think about its relationship with communities, the extent of the risks posed to their construction or operations, and can help a company to assess and manage the social issues, strategies and benefits that are important to the

Improving the ROI of Training and Development

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We forget 70% of what we have learned within 24 hours unless we use it in some way. This principle of modern learning psychology is illustrated by the figure below which presents a version of the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve (Kohn (2015)). Despite the acceptance of this principle, training organizations continue to spend billions of dollars knowing full well that most of the knowledge learned will be forgotten in short order. This article highlights ways in which we can improve the return on our investment in

Companies Need to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent as They Climb Out of the Mining Recession


The best companies realise that talent…more so than capital or technology…is a scarce resource at large companies today and poses one of the most significant barriers to growth (The Economist Intelligence Unit). As companies increasingly rely on knowledge workers, the ability to source, develop, and retain talent at all levels becomes a critical differentiator. This ability will become increasingly important within the mining industry as we climb out of the current recession and the demand for talent increases exponentially. Companies that strategically prepare for this

Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments 2015


InfoMine is excited to announce that they are organizing the Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments 2015 conference, in partnership with MWH, which will take place April 12 to 15, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. Early bird registration is open until March 9. Be sure to secure your spot now at the discounted early bird rate. Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments 2015 is the second in an innovative new conference series that examines a wide range of issues associated with mine water management in extremely

EMBA in Strategic Mining Management


Designed exclusively for the mining industry, this first-of-its-kind executive business degree was developed in consultation with mining professionals for mining professionals. The new EMBA in Strategic Mining Management harnesses the world-renowned expertise in business education of the Sauder School of Business and North America’s largest and most advanced centre for mining engineering education and research, the Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, to train highly skilled executives in the fields of Operations Management and Executive Management. The curriculum integrates knowledge from core business and mining disciplines

Seeking New Talent in Mining to Counter Shifting Industry Realities


Deloitte have published their Top 10 Mining Trends for 2015. One of these concerns the seeking of new skillsets to counter shifting industry realities at all levels, from the boardroom to the operational level. To attract new skills to the sector, companies will need to commit to diversity, explore new talent management systems, get better at recruiting talent in high demand and invest in more targeted training. Many mining companies are struggling to attract specialized skills, not only at the operational and management levels, but

Andy Robertson in Mining Hall of Fame


On Monday night, 16th February 2015 the International Mining magazine inducted new members into the Mining Hall of Fame. We congratulate InfoMine CEO, EduMine Review Board Executive Chairman and online course author Dr. Andy Robertson!

Stakeholder Engagement a Top Priority for Mining in 2015


Deloitte have published their Top 10 Mining Trends for 2015. Included is concern regarding the rising stakes around stakeholder engagement as companies struggle to balance competing interests. Companies should work to build win/win platforms, communicate in new ways, leverage the power of social media, work with mining associations to negotiate with local communities, improve their corporate giving practices and consult with affected community stakeholders to plan mine closures. Providing the necessary training to achieve these objectives can be expensive. However, with access to EduMine’s library

Keeping Staff Engaged and Motivated in Tough Times is Difficult


Deloitte have published their Top 10 Mining Trends for 2015. The two top trends are concerned with operational excellence and innovation in mining. To gain traction in either of these areas, management needs to ensure that staff are engaged and motivated. This can be difficult to achieve in these tough times of low and unpredictable commodity prices when many companies are slashing their training budgets. An EduMine Group License is one of the few affordable options available. This will allow your staff to: access the

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