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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.

Companies Need to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent as They Climb Out of the Mining Recession

The best companies realise that talent…more so than capital or technology…is a scarce resource at large companies today and poses one of the most significant barriers to growth (The Economist Intelligence Unit). As companies increasingly rely on knowledge workers, the ability to source, develop, and retain talent at all levels becomes a critical differentiator. This ability will become increasingly important within the mining industry as we climb out of the current recession and the demand for talent increases exponentially. Companies that strategically prepare for this

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Some Mining Companies are Proactively Developing their Talent

Everyone in the mining industry is by now familiar with its skewed age distribution profile, with high densities of baby boomers about to retire and plenty of young entrants, and a shortage of experienced mid-career professionals. However, the focus of the real war-for-talent is the silent talent drain of experienced and motivated employees and the lack of initiative in ways to combat this. Learn how EduMine can help to turn your company into a talent engine … Learn More One way to stay ahead in

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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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Top Business Risks for Mining in 2015 Include Productivity Improvement and Balancing of Talent Needs

The Ernst & Young report Business Risks in Mining and Metals 2014-2015 lists productivity improvement and balancing talent needs as two of the top 10 business risks for 2015. Both of these risks can be influenced directly by planned training and career development focused on skills, talent and leadership development and acquisition of knowledge. This article discusses some of the ways in which reduction in risk can be accomplished, using a blended learning approach to training at the mine site. When providing specialist training to

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