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Simon Houlding is Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc., responsible for EduMine, the professional development division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry. He is a practicing professional engineer and author.

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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Achieving Sustainable Improvement Through Behaviour Change

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Achieving Sustainable Improvement through Behaviour Change. This online course provides in-depth assessment of the various factors affecting quality, and outlines a rational path to implementing and sustaining Continuous Improvement (CI) programs suited for the mineral industry. Drawing on leadership and cultural issues that are critical to motivate individuals to fully participate in a CI program, the course offers practical suggestions on how to structure and sustain implementation efforts. For more info, see the course page.

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Using the Skills Shortage in the Resources Industry to your Advantage

Interested in a career in the mining industry but unsure how to get your foot in the door? Going back to school or enhancing your existing skill set with professional development courses is a great option. From Susan Kihn over at CareerMiner: “In recent years, both the mining and the oil and gas industry have become increasingly popular, with many job seekers trying desperately to break into these industries. There has been, and continues to be, an unprecedented interest in these industries, and it appears

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