Education Mining News

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?

College to offer degree in mining

Somerset - The coal mining industry didn’t learn much from the large number of retirements that occurred in the 1950s and 1960s, because it’s happening again, Blair McGill said.

“We’ve lost a generation,” he said. “Over half the managers could retire today if they want. To develop supervisors who can move to the second and third levels takes time and education.”

McGill worked in the mining industry in West Virginia for more than 43 years before his retirement. He was a supervisor in his early 20s.

The Pennsylvania State University Fayette Campus is offering a two-year mining technology associate degree program at the Allegany College of Maryland Somerset County Campus beginning in June. An informational session about the program was held at the college on Friday.

The Big Question: How To Assess Informal Learning

How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results?

I think we can group this stuff together as all those forms of learning which are not formal, i.e. courses. If you check out the blog you’ll find some fascinating answers to the question. As for me, I just don’t get it.

Why, because we don’t have to assess informal learning, at least not in the way we might (but very rarely properly) do for the formal stuff. There seems to be an assumption here that L&D have some sort of ownership over informal learning, but this never has been and never will be possible (or desirable).

New Toowoomba TAFE faculty boosts job prospects

People in the Toowoomba area will be able to access specialist training in the State’s emerging industries at a new faculty of the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE. Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today toured the TAFE’s Faculty of Mining, Resources and Infrastructure as part of the Bligh Government’s Community Cabinet in Toowoomba. Mr Hinchliffe said SQIT introduced the new faculty this year to help meet industry demand for skilled workers.

“There is massive growth in the Queensland mining industry and it’s important we have enough skilled workers to meet those demands,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “We also want to see Queenslanders take advantage of the opportunities on offer."

Half-day Seminar: Environmental Management in Mining

April 20, 2011: Focused on mining issues in Ontario this half day seminar highlights the issues of: excess soil management, mining stewardship responsibilities, human health and ecological risk assessments and Brownfield mining site development requirements. The seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto, Ontario - early bird registration is only $199.00.

New UWO course pairs geology with law degree

For most people, Toronto's financial district is the place where Canada's big banks make their money. That's true to a certain degree, but it tends to overlook one of the primary sources of all that money: mining.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario has taken note, so it's setting up a program in which students can obtain both a graduate degree in geology and a law degree.

Ian Holloway, dean of Western's law school, told me about the program after I bumped into him at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention this week in Toronto. "Something like 60% of the world's financing deals in mining are still done in Toronto. And all of those deals need lawyers. So there's a huge shortage of a very specialized legal skill set."

Heavy Equipment Safety Training College to Deliver Train-The-Trainer Instructor Certification for Yukon Mining Association

Yukon Mine Training Association (YMTA) launches a second year of training partnership with their delivery agent, Northern Safety Network Yukon training Heavy Equipment Safety Trainers to work in the Yukon mining industry. Located in Whitehorse, […]

Newmont Mining Corporation gives $250,000 to Mackay School

Newmont Mining Corporation continued its support of the College of Science’s Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering with a gift of $250,000 that John Mudge, Newmont’s Vice President of Environmental & Social Responsibility, presented to University of Nevada, Reno administrators on Feb. 25. The donation will support students, faculty, research and educational outreach within the Mackay School.

Local lawmaker fights for 4-year degrees at CAC

Maricopa native and District 23 lawmaker Frank Pratt is fighting to allow Central Arizona College and Eastern Arizona College to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in nursing, elementary and secondary education, business and mining technology.

“We have nearly 400,000 people in Pinal County and there is no way for them to get a four-year degree without venturing out of the county or logging onto a computer,” Pratt said.

To bring about the change at the two community colleges, Pratt has introduced HB 2277 in the Arizona Legislature. The bill would allow select four-year degrees at the two community colleges through the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Mesabi Range Community and Technical College gets boost in mining training

The Mesabi Range Community and Technical College is getting a boost in its mining training. Bucyrus, a leader in mining technology and equipment worldwide, is donating an electronic mining shovel simulator to the Mesabi Range College Foundation and to the college.

Nominations open for Queensland Training Awards

Students, teachers and training providers who excel in vocational education and training are being given a chance to be recognised as part of the Queensland Training Awards. Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today said nominations were open in 11 categories recognising outstanding achievements of teachers, trainers and students. “The awards set the bar high and Queenslanders are rising to the challenge,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Categories of eLearning

One of the biggest challenges in discussing elearning arises from different understandings of the field. Most often, we attach our experiences and career to our conversations, presenting an image of elearning that reflects what we have encountered. For an instructional designer, elearning often means courses or learning materials directed at meeting an objective within the larger scope of program development. A corporate trainer may view elearning as a combination of courses and knowledge management. No one perspective is symbolic of the whole industry.

A danger exists in discussing various segments of elearning: paying too much attention to distinctions across categories. The real focus and unifying theme is (or at least should be) learning – whether it is in a classroom, online, blended, or embedded. Each category presented here is most effective when properly matched with the appropriate learning environment and desired outcome.

Can self-study be social?

Clive Shepherd, U.K. e-learning consultant, comments on the possibility of isolated self-study to be viewed as a method of learning with a social element.

"I believe self-study could feel very much like one-to-one learning if the content was prepared with a degree of personality. Ideally that would mean you got to know who designed it, a rare occurrence for sure, but something you would take for granted in the classroom, where trainers are anything but anonymous."

Job creation to save SA

Job creation seems to be government’s broad-based, sensible and sustainable solution to the nationalisation issue. Since the beginning of the year the South African government has placed particular emphasis on skills development and job creation. Mining, and its related industries, have been identified as particular growth areas.

During the opening of parliament, president Jacob Zuma said, “We have introduced a New Growth Path that will guide our work in achieving these goals, working within the premise that the creation of decent work is at the centre of our economic policies. We urge every sector and every business entity, regardless of size, to focus on job creation. Every contribution counts in this national effort.”