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Simon Houlding was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.

Operations Training that Benefits Your Employees as well as Your Bottom Line

EduMine has developed a comprehensive training program for mineral processing operations that awards a university certificate to key employees and delivers potential bottom line benefits to management. Even in the current tough economic times, these are strong incentives. Training that qualifies for a university certificate … The Certificate in Mining Studies is a continuing education program developed by prominent mining universities in collaboration with the mining industry and EduMine to bring accessible world class training directly to mining operations and professionals around the world. Delivered

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Retiring Frontline Supervisors in Mining Replaced by Inexperienced University Graduates

See the MiHR(#) article Mind the Experience Gap! Retiring workers replaced by younger, inexperienced university graduates — frontline supervisors … As frontline supervisors are amongst the fastest aging workers in Canada (a 4.7 per cent annual retirement rate versus a 2.9 per cent retirement rate for the mining workforce overall), some employers report a growing need to substitute education for experience. The knock on effect is a worker who may not have the depth of experience in the occupations that they are supervising. Frontline supervisors

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Operations Training with Bottom Line Benefits

In these tough economic times for the mining industry, training budgets have been slashed across the board, yet relevant operations-focused training is critical to improve the bottom line. The key is to identify training that is compatible with operational objectives. To justify its inclusion in today’s mining budgets, training must focus on areas that have a strong, and immediate potential for: reducing production costs, improving operational efficiencies, and/or enabling technical due diligence to reduce risk. For example, in an open pit mining context, bench face

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EduMine Review Board Provides Governance of Educational Quality and Practice

The EduMine Review Board has a maximum of fifteen members drawn from industry and academia. Meet the members here. The Review Board’s function is to provide educational governance focused on course quality and delivery of service within the context of the EduMine mission: To deliver accessible professional development, training and technology to the worldwide mining community at an affordable price, with emphasis on distance learning and collaboration with educational institutions and professional associations, to enrich the mining education and training experience. The Review Board is

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FQM Establishes Online University to Develop Future Leaders

First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is one of the world’s leading copper producers with mines and development projects in Zambia, Mauritania, Finland, Turkey, Australia, Spain, Panama and Peru, and a total workforce of more than 13,000. FQM has established First Quantum University to realize the full potential of its future leaders and support its bid to become one of the top five copper producers in the world. According to a survey by Stratum of more than 900 mining professionals, less than 24% of mining companies have

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Improving the ROI of Training and Development

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

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An Innovative Solution to Enhancing the Mining Curriculum

Mariana Reinoso, Manager of Educational Media at EduMine, will be presenting a paper at CIM 2015 in Montreal titled An Innovative Solution to Enhancing the Mining Curriculum. The presentation will be part of a session on Innovative Education on Wednesday, 13 May. The paper is summarized below. There is a shortage of qualified, experienced faculty with which to build adequate curricula at mining schools around the world. One of the best ways to counter this is to involve industry specialists wherever possible. However, industry specialists

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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

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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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Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

The aging population within the mining industry has been a concern for CEOs over the course of the last ten years. Population projections from Statistics Canada and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council indicate that 40 per cent of Canada’s mining workforce at all levels is aged 50 or older. How prepared is the industry for the seismic shift in the working population as the current cohort of managers starts to retire? The following results are pulled from a survey by Stratum of 912 mining

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