Training in mining is generally associated with one or more of the following objectives:
- Educating the workforce
- Building a safety culture
- Increasing productivity
- Growing the leaders of tomorrow
- Professional development
Any of the above can be achieved within a cost-sensitive budget by appropriate choice of training content, format and learning platform. The following is an attempt to establish the value propositions that define the selection process.
Selection of training content is dependent on the training objectives and audience, which in turn drive the relevant value propositions:
- If we are concerned with operator training, such as mobile and heavy equipment operations training, then the value propositions are typically defined as short term gains in productivity and safety.
- If we are concerned with technical training, such as mechanical and electrical maintenance and condition monitoring, then the value propositions are more typically defined as medium term gains in maintenance and processing efficiencies.
- Professional development includes training on exploration, environment, engineering, mining, maintenance, health + safety, and management topics and the value propositions are concerned with longer term gains in design, planning, engineering and management efficiencies.
- For client and site-specific training, the value proposition is concerned with accommodation of custom training content.
- For training in other languages, the value proposition is concerned with accommodation of non-english-speaking audiences.
Selection of training format is typically driven by training effectiveness and efficiency, with the following value propositions:
- With self-directed online training the value propositions include more effective knowledge retention than traditional instructor-led training, reduced cost in terms of dollars and time and workplace disruption, and accessibility from anywhere.
- With instructor-led face-to-face training the value propositions include more effective training for hands-on processes.
- With instructor-led live webcast training the value propositions include more interactivity than online training, less disruptive than face-to-face training, and accessibility from anywhere.
- With blended learning, i.e. online training supplemented by instructor-led training where appropriate, you get the best of both worlds.
The right choice of learning platform or LMS (learning management system) will result in increased efficiency, reduced overheads and continuous improvement of training.
- With integrated content and formats, providing everything on a single platform, the value propositions are concerned with training efficiency and reduced overhead.
- With offline functionality, which eliminates reliance on Internet connectivity, the value propositions are concerned with training continuity and efficiency.
- With a platform that provides tracking, reporting and metrics, the value propositions are concerned with standardized reporting and metrics, monitoring of training effectiveness, and continuous improvement of training.
- Last but by no means least, an LMS designed specifically for mining by the experts in training for mining, can deliver, report, monitor and measure training in a practical mining context.