The Mining Association of Canada announced on CNW the launch of a new scholarship available for students in the fields of mining and mineral economics at universities in Canada. The scholarship valued at $3,500 will be awarded the first time for the school year 2013-2014. Applications can be submitted until April 15, 2013.
A 2011 report from the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) estimates that the mining industry in Canada must hire 100,000 new workers over the next decade to replace retiring workers and to fill new positions. In addition to other labour sources, the industry is relying on universities to help train the next-generation of skilled mining workers into much needed positions.
"The scholarship's focus on mineral economics reinforces the need for workers across the full spectrum of jobs in the mining sector," said Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and CEO. "Beyond geologists, engineers and metallurgists, the industry also requires mining professionals with finance and business management backgrounds."