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Beverlee is a technical writer and provides support for educational events at EduMine. Beverlee has many years of experience as a technical and journalistic writer, working in these fields in both Vancouver and Montreal.

New Online Course – Sourcing, Selecting, and Securing Talent

We’ve just launched a new online course, Sourcing, Selecting, and Securing Talent by Luciano Anjos! Globalization and technology have created both opportunities and new challenges for the employment relationship and how employers and employees relate with one another. This holds true for the mining industry that must also deal with challenges such as volatile commodity markets. While all these challenges can be daunting, the fundamental issues of staffing, orientation, compensation, performance management, etc. remain vital and ongoing factors for organizations to address. This course looks

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Projected Worker Shortages will Increase the Requirement for On-Demand Training

There are early signs that the industry is turning around as commodity prices rebound and back-burner projects are reactivated. The Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook 2016 by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has forecast a cumulative hiring requirement of 127,000 workers in a growth scenario for the Canadian mining industry over the next 10 years. This figure includes layoffs and lack of recruitment over the five-year recession as well as anticipated retirements. Where are we going to find these workers? The short answer

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Talent Management Issues in Mining – Knowledge Transfer and Closing the Skills Gap

This posting follows from an earlier article that addressed the talent management issues of skills development and employee retention. We look here at the issues of knowledge transfer and closing the skills gap, summarized as follows. The internal talent pool within each company is shrinking as the older generation retires or moves on, and internal procedures for transfer of knowledge and skills to the younger generation are mostly non-existent. Mining schools, with their own difficulties in finding and retaining appropriate faculty, are failing to close

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Talent Management Issues in Mining – Skills Development and Employee Retention

The current talent management squeeze in mining is summarized by the following observations and supported by a number of studies, including Managing the Learning Landscape, published by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) (2014). It is increasingly difficult to recruit talent with appropriate skills and experience to manage projects; this is compounded by the tendency for the younger generation to change jobs with increasing frequency. The internal talent pool within each company is shrinking as the older generation retires

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Child Labour: Getting Kids out of Mines and into Classrooms

The Int’l Day to End Child Labour seems a fitting time to look at what’s being done – and what isn’t – to keep kids out of the mining supply chain.

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