Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

New Online Course – Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 2: Design and Performance Analysis


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online course, Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 2: Design and Performance Analysis by Jack Caldwell. This course is the second in a series of two courses on covers for mine geowaste facilities. This course deals with cover design and performance analysis: the calculations and analyses that underlie comprehensive cover design which includes: engineering, scientific, and technical design methods to calculate and quantify just how the cover may perform in regards to stability, infiltration, erosion,

Revised Online Course – Managing the Environmental Permitting Process


We have recently revised our online course, Managing the Environmental Permitting Process, by Lee W. Saperstein. The concepts that underlie permitting are universal: the social license to operate, including respect for local judgments, environmental assessments, environmental management systems, and that post-mining land use must comply with local or regional planning guidance. Because of the universality of these concepts and the frequent sharing of permitting rules among mining jurisdictions, this course concentrates on those principles that will assist mine planners to obtain permits in a timely

Achieving the Value Propositions for Training in Mining


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. Training Content Selection of training content is dependent on the training objectives and audience, which in turn drive the

Is your training budget stuck in the recession?


There are positive indications that the recession is receding. Which means that this is the time for proactive decision making by forward-thinking companies as they prepare their training budgets for the coming year. Training is an area where companies can gain a significant advantage by planning ahead. The ranks of experienced workers and managers have been decimated by recession and retirement. Many will be replaced by young and/or inexperienced workers as the recession recedes and these will require extensive training. Forward-thinking companies are already preparing

Mining’s Untapped Resource – Women in Leadership Roles


Has mining discovered its next great resource? This is the question addressed in the recent report published by Ernst & Young, in collaboration with Women in Mining (UK). As the authors point out: “The gender gap isn’t just a gender issue. It’s a business issue. Women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity. Profitability, return on investment (ROI) and innovation all increase when women are counted among senior leadership.” The report can be used by mining companies, large or small, as

Murray Goldberg speaks to the effectiveness of online training


eLearning pioneer Murray Goldberg of Mining Safety and Learning Systems recently participated in a presentation on the effectiveness of online learning in enabling a safety culture transformation within a workforce (see the video presentation on YouTube). This presentation describes the development of a sustainable training program in the maritime industry; however the takeaways are highly relevant to mining. The essence of Murray’s presentation can be summarized as: Experience and research have shown that online, self-directed learning is measurably better than traditional instructor-led learning in terms

New Online Course – Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 1: Principles, Practice, and Selection


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online course, Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 1: Principles, Practice, and Selection by Jack Caldwell. This course is the first in a series of two courses on covers for mine geowaste facilities deals with the general principles and practice of covers—what their purpose is, what objectives govern their selection and detailing, and what to consider when choosing a cover for your specific facility. In this course, we examine the: objectives of mine closure—the activity

Blended Learning Benefits Truck Operator Training at Suncor


Too often, haul truck operator trainees don’t retain enough of the knowledge they learn during training. That can lead to longer on-boarding cycles, lower productivity and potential safety problems in the mine. Blended learning – providing training via multiple modalities using a highly structured, building-block approach – shows a lot of promise in addressing this challenge (see Blended Learning: A More Effective Model for Haul Truck Operator Training by Chuck Frey of VISTA Training). Training challenges facing mines Computer-based training alone is not an effective

Online Course Updated: Environmental Health and Safety – Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness

We have recently updated our online course, Environmental Health and Safety – Emergency Preparedness by author, Ralph Gunness. This course is the first of two Environmental Health and Safety courses by the author. It provides mining managers and professionals with a set of practical guidelines on Environmental Emergency Preparedness and how to start managing and preparing for an environmental emergency. This course is split into three parts: Part 1: Environmental Emergencies, including discussion of their occurrence, outcomes, and risk analysis. Part 2: Corporate Governance, including

Online Course Revised: An Introduction to Mining Investment – Understanding the Risks


Jack Caldwell has updated his online course, An Introduction to Mining Investment – Understanding the Risks. This course is intended for those with little knowledge of mining, but a desire to learn enough to make wise and successful investment moves in public stock markets where mining shares are traded. This course is also intended for seasoned mining stock investors who wish to take a fresh look at the basics of investing in mining stocks with a view to polishing up on, and possibly revising, strategies