Education Mining News

Mining Review discusses "The good and bad of mining skills development" in South Africa

Not a week passes without coming across some dramatic reference to the shortage of skills in South Africa. The latest I have just read is a prediction that South Africa will go through the same social upheaval taking place in some of Africa’s Mediterranean rim countries.

Online heavy equipment operator training at reasonable cost

Alberta - Online heavy equipment operator training is available from Vista Training at a reasonable cost, according to the company. Thanks to the Internet, access is convenient - whenever (on demand at any time) and wherever (remote sites or those in populated areas).

Each of the lessons is about an hour long and focuses on common tasks in the mine, says Vista. They feature integrated tests to gauge how much knowledge trainees are retaining. At the end of each program, a personalized certificate of completion can be printed.

Increased professional development advice at recruitment exhibition in May

Following the success of its launch last year, the Engineering Council and Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) will once again be exhibiting together on the Professional Development Hub at The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition (NECR) at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 & 7 May 2011.

The Professional Development Hub will cover more engineering disciplines for the May exhibition, with a greater number of PEIs taking part. This means that there will be an increased number of representatives on hand to advise visitors about their professional development options, including information about institution membership and professional registration.

Miners urged to employ training centre graduates

A training centre for unemployed people in north-west Queensland is pushing for mining and liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies to give its trainees jobs, rather than sourcing overseas labour.

The Myuma centre in Camooweal, north-west of Mount Isa, is training 30 people in roadworks, hospitality and administration industries.

Spokesman Colin Saltmere says it is negotiating with several resources companies to employ its graduates.

"The LNG [industry] need a lot, a lot of, a lot of, a lot of people and you need to be aligned with that sort of stuff," he said.

Review: A New Culture of Learning

Maish R. Nichani, editor of the elearningpost blog, reviews Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown's book A New Culture of Learning, which explores the concept that "the world is changing faster than ever and our skill sets have a shorter and shorter life." One beautiful aspect that the authors highlight is the importance of learning “how to learn from others”. ‘Others’ here refers to peers and the community at large. The reason I find this beautiful is because I’ve come across people who think that teaching is the only way to learn and teachers are the only people who can teach.

Learning while working: Jay Cross reviews a European summary report on informal learning in the workplace

Jay Cross, writer of the Internet Time Blog on working smarter and utilizing informal learning, reviews Learning While Working, a summary report on eight years of European research grants and studies of informal learning in the workplace.

What I’ve learned (or re-learned) from reading this report is that the European Commission and we Americans have fundamentally different ways of looking at the world.

Four Short Courses in Rock Mechanics/Engineering Geology

Four short courses in rock mechanics and engineering geology will be held in Vienna, Austria from June 4-10, 2011. The themes of these four courses are:

"Block Theory & Applications for Surficial and Underground Rock Excavations",
"Rock fracture Geometry characterization and network modeling in 3-D including validations",
"Rock Slope Stability Analyses" and
"Measurement and Quantification of Joint Roughness, Normal Deformation, Peak Shear Strength, Aperture and Fluid Flow through Single Joints"

The deadline for registration is 30 April 2011.

Seminar: A perspective on the metals and mining industry

This seminar, at K.U. Leuven, Belgium on March 25, 2011 is organised on the initiative of the research groups "Applied Geology and Mineralogy" and "Metallurgy and Materials engineering" (K.U. Leuven) and of McKinsey & Company.

Workshop: Geology at different education levels in Europe

The annual meeting of the European Federation of Geologists will be held in May 2011 at Budapest and is accompanied by a workshop on May 19, 2011 on the subject of education in the area of geology. Both oral and poster presentations concerning any educational level are expected. The main achievements of the Euro-Ages project ( will also be presented during the workshop. Furthermore, a fieldtrip to the Balaton Lake and the Bakony-Balaton Geopark will be proposed on 20 May. The area of the catastrophic red sludge spill will also be visited. For more information please contact the coordinator Eva Hartai at [email protected]

Shell London Lecture Series 2011

The Geological Society of London is delighted to again host the Shell London Lecture Series throughout 2011. These monthly public lectures are all held at the Geological Society's Piccadilly apartments in Burlington House.

Workshops 2011: Academy for continuing education in geology of the German BDG

The academy for continuing education in geology of the German BDG proposes several workshops from May to December 2011. Amongst others the topics concern geothermal energy, the evaluation of natural mineral deposits or the issue of radon gas. A special early bird discount is offered if you register two months before the date of the course.

Courses 2011: Spanish School of Professional Geology

The Spanish School of Professional Geology presents its draft programme of courses for continuing education in geology that will be held in 2011. All dates indicated in this agenda are still susceptible to further modifications.

Mining 101 workshop in Sydney and Perth

Join the Mining 101 workshop to gain a comprehensive but straightforward (no jargon) explanation of what the mining industry is, and how it works.

Mining 101 is aimed at people working in associated sectors (the financial community, lawyers, PR companies, equipment manufacturers, service providers, etc) who would benefit from an overview of mining, and be in a better position as a result to develop more business opportunities.

Sydney: Tuesday May 31st 2011, Radisson Paza Hotel
Perth: Tuesday June 14th 2011, Pan Pacific Hotel

Company training up truck drivers

ONE hundred and fifty kilometres from the nearest mine site, potential operators are learning the nuts and bolts of driving giant CAT haul trucks.

Familiarising themselves with the machine, feeling what it’s like to carry a 200-tonne load of dirt or coal, hearing the rumble of the engine and sound of the horns, interacting with other vehicles and experiencing potentially deadly situations – all this is happening not on a mine site in a $4 million truck, but here in Mackay.

Mackay company Global Mining Simulator Academy (GMSA) is leading the way with advanced training for inexperienced drivers, looking to get into the mining industry with the Immersive Technologies Advanced Equipment Simulator PRO 3.

Queensland University Develops Green Technology for Mine Sites

The University of Queensland (UQ) has developed a new technology to support plant growth at mine sites previously unable to support any vegetation due to heavy metal soil contamination.

With financial support from Xstrata Technology, MetalloTek will manage further development and commercialisation of the technology in partnership with industry stakeholders.

MetalloTek's lead researcher said the new technology had the potential to be a low-cost and effective tool for helping rehabilitate metal-contaminated mine sites.

Endeavour Silver Mines Posts Educational Video on Silver Mining

Here at Endeavour Silver we've learned that our shareholders and investors appreciate educational tools; something to help them understand their investments in silver a bit better. In the past we've produced two brochures that are available both electronically and in hard copy. They're called "Silver Fundamentals- Supply & Demand" and "Silver Facts & History" and they are very popular with the public. For years, they have consistently been the most downloaded files on our website.

To further this educational process, we decided to produce a series of videos. The first one is now finished and it's titled "How Silver is Mined". It was a bit long so we ended up dividing it into two parts, both are about seven minutes long. In the link below is Part 1 and we'll be distributing Part 2 next Wednesday, March 23rd.

UAS to be first school in nation for new mining simulator

The University of Alaska Southeast secured funds which will allow it to become the first school in the United States to operate a state-of-the-art mining simulator: announced Wednesday at a mining trade show in Juneau.

The simulator contains three modules which will allow students to train with different equipment in order to better prepare them for entry-level positions in mines, according to a release from UAS.

“This was the missing piece of the puzzle for training miners from Alaska to be productive and safe from the first day on the job,” said Dennis Steffy, director of the University of Alaska’s Mining and Petroleum Training Services, in the release. “It will vastly improve the opportunities of students for mining employment. In addition, salaries will stay in Alaska instead of going to other western states.”

Ready, Set, Hire: Mining Essentials program graduates are optimal candiates for employment

Mining Essentials: A Work Readiness Training Program for Aboriginal Peoples, enhances relationships and cooperation among Aboriginal communities, educators and industry by supporting training and hiring goals outlined in many formal and informal agreements (i.e. IBAs).

Mining Essentials is the only pan-Canadian work readiness program for Aboriginal peoples in mining. The program aims to ensure Aboriginal peoples have the essential skills and workreadiness training needed to enter mining and to provide industry with a local, employment-prepared workforce.

GE to build major education centre in Perth

Giant US company General Electric has announced plans for an $80 million technology and education centre at Perth's Jandakot airport.

Its global chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt made the announcement in Perth on Wednesday with federal Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs Minister Chris Evans.

Mr Immelt said the new facility would be a multi-purpose GE training, service and technology centre able to be expanded further in future.

It would help provide skills and training to support growth in Australia's oil and gas, energy, mining, transportation and water industries.

Swift path for skilled workers in Australia

SKILLED workers will be able to fast-track to full trade qualifications in as little as 18 months.

Skills Minister Chris Evans said the Federal Government would also provide $200 million for training projects for skills in high demand.

The Government has accepted all 31 recommendations of the Resourcing the Future report, which outlines a blueprint for lifting the number of skilled workers available to the resources sector.

"Under the adult apprenticeship project, experienced workers will have their existing skills recognised and be given the opportunity to complete the competencies required in just 18 months," Senator Evans said in a statement.

Apprentices boost for mining sector

Adults will soon be able to complete an apprenticeship in 18 months under a plan to provide an extra 1000 workers for the mining sector.

The Gillard Government is expected to announce today the $2 million in co-funding for the adult apprenticeship project that came out of an inquiry from Federal Labor MP Gary Gray into the jobs demand in the resources sector over the next 20 years.

Traditional apprenticeships take four years and the low pay is unattractive to older workers. Under the scheme, recruits can stay employed or join the workforce of a participating mining company.

Financial Literacy workshop held for GMC workers

A Financial Literacy workshop has been held for workers of the Ghana Manganese Company (GMC), a mining company operating in Tarkwa, at the weekend.

The workshop, which was organised by the Financial Literacy Foundation (FLF), a financial consult, was to educate staff of GMC on the importance and risks associated with unwarranted borrowing.

The Chief Executive (CEO) of FLF, Mr. Bernard Otabil, educated the workers on the importance of salary management, and said that it was important to invest, rather than engage in unwarranted borrowing.

Feds support mining education in northern B.C.

Mining in northern British Columbia received a shot in the arm on Monday. The College of New Caledonia will purchase heavy-haul truck and front-end loader simulators to provide virtual training for a total of 50 students each year, as part of the Mining Industry Certificate Program. The program will train students for employment as heavy equipment operators in surface mining operations located in northern B.C.

Mine ventilation course hosted by S&T in May

A Practical Mine Ventilation Design and Control short course will be offered by Missouri University of Science and Technology and the Western Mining Safety and Health Transition Center May 4-6, on Missouri S&T's campus. Those who complete the course will receive 24 professional development hours.

This three-day course will provide a sufficient background to design and maintain an underground ventilation system. The materials taught apply to most underground situations, including coal, metal, and nonmetal mines, with the emphasis on practical applications.

The course is designed for ventilation and planning engineers, safety engineers and production, technical and supervisory personnel who require proficiency or a refresher course in mine ventilation. For the computer simulation section, experience on the use of computers is helpful but not necessary.

A model of workplace learning

Experience is still a more important teacher in the workplace than classes or workshops. People retain more when they learn informally, in response to need, because they deem the subject relevant and what they learn is reinforced when they put it into practice. The proportions of formal and informal learning vary with the task at hand, the context for learning, and the psyche of the learner. Generally, informal learning carries anywhere from four to ten times the weight of formal learning.

The old model is a wake-up call that says informal learning is important. Instead of acting like it’s not there, we should shape our organizations to nurture it. What’s missing is the how. How do you choose the aspects of informal learning you want to emphasize?