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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.

Cutting Staff Increases the Need for Training

Many mining companies are planning ever deeper cuts to staff in 2016, increasing the need for training, skills development and mining knowledge to help bridge the resulting talent gap for remaining staff. More than half (55%) of mining employers cut staff in 2015 and an additional 40% expect to cut in 2016, according to an industry survey by the recruiting firm Hays (MINING.com December 01 2015). Under-staffing results in burnout and low morale, and current employees are “feeling pressure more than ever”, reports Hays. While

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