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Conveyor seminar for coal industry highlights safety, good practice, and education

Martin Engineering and Stahura Conveyor Products (SCP) co-hosted a seminar on conveyor safety to raise safety education and standardize maintenance practices to reduce the risk of injury to individuals working around conveyors. The event featured key speakers from prominent coal industry media, along with engineering experts and top executives, who highlighted the significant progress made in reducing injuries, while introducing new ways to take conveyor safety to the next level. "We are trying to change the way the industry thinks about conveyors," observed Martin Engineering chief technology director and CEMA director, Todd Swinderman. "The equipment has become much more robust and reliable, but basic designs haven’t changed that much."

Unique Rusal Guinea-Russia training initiative encourages degrees in mining and more

Rusal has announced a scholarship program that will provide 100 young Guineans places in Russian universities, for the purpose of studying mining, railroad operations, economics, building and construction, agriculture, water supply, medicine and human resources.
The “RUSAL Scholarship-2011” program aims to educate highly-qualified staff for the Republic of Guinea and to strengthen the ties of friendship between the Russian Federation and Guinea. After graduation, there is the opportunity for many of the students to work for RUSAL in their subsidiaries in Guinea.

Philippine Commission on Higher Education offers scholarships to students taking mining courses

Commission on Higher Education chief Secretary Patricia Licuanan is offering students scholarships to take courses towards the 'most employable' careers in the Philippines, which include mining, aeronautics, geology and software engineering, reports the Philippine Information Agency.
"(These) are jobs but they are very hard to fill so if you go into these areas you are guaranteed to find employment," Licuanan said. She said these courses are among the agency's "priorities" in its list of scholarship beneficiaries, adding that CHED has also removed all the "oversubscribed" courses from the same list. "Overscubscribed" courses are business administration, nursing, teaching, IT, Hotel and Restaurant Management and maritime.

Youngest student yet enrolls in B.Eng at WA school of mines

Australian Mining: At 15 years of age, Nigeria-born Bukayo Taiwo has become the youngest ever student to enrol at Curtin University’s West Australian School of Mines (WASM).

Taiwo enrolled at Murdoch college and graduated at 15, paving the way for her to enrol to study for a Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce at WASM.
She says she is excited to begin studying for her long-term goal of working as an engineer in the mining industry.

South African Minister of Higher Education and Training announces mine training plans

Dr. Blade Nzimande, South African Minister of Higher Education and Training gave a budget speech on May 26th outlining changes to higher education, specifically in mining.
The over-arching vision we are developing is that of an expanded, effective, coherent, integrated, differentiated, but highly articulated post-school system and responsive, comprising all the institutional types falling under our department: universities, colleges, adult education centres and the levy-grant institutions (the SETAs and the NSF) as well as the various regulatory and advisory institutions.

Matachewan First Nation partners with mining companies for training purposes

The Underground Miner Training program, provided under the Matachewan Aboriginal Access to Mine Jobs Training Strategy (MAATS), has produced its second group of graduates, ready to start work in the mining sector.
The six new graduates will now move on to employment positions under Northgate Minerals Corp. and Dumas Contracting at the Young Davidson mine site in Matachewan. "On behalf of myself and my fellow graduates I would like to thank Matachewan First Nation, Northgate and Dumas for the valuable training and employment opportunities we have received," said graduate David Batisse.

Coal India to hire 1100 management trainees by October 2011

In keeping with its massive expansion plans, the Maharatna firm Coal India (CIL) will induct 1,100 management trainees by October, Steel Guru reports.
The new faces will be inducted into the parent firm and its subsidiaries in various disciplines mining, electrical, mechanical, civil and chemical/mineral. The recruitment of the white-collars is necessitated as the world's top coal producer plans huge expansions, including setting up of 20 new washeries with a combined capacity of 111.1 million tonnes at an estimated cost of INR 2,500 crore.

Mining Weekly reports Queensland setting aside grants for skills development

To support training programs and fend off a future skills shortage, Queensland will be providing up to two-million-dollar grants for industry groups and individual companies.
The Premier said the Skills Queensland Strategic Investment Fund would have A$50-million provided by the state government each year, along with the complementary funding contributed by industry. The fund was aimed at plugging skills gaps and at supporting growing industries like mining.

Indians working Australian mining jobs may soon be needed back home

The Australian: Australia is facing a critical skills shortage in mining and other industries, and India seemed like the perfect place to get skilled labour. However with new projects opening in India, the question is arising as to whether India can spare that labour.
The Australian government this month announced it would fast-track 457 temporary migrant visas for mining companies seeking foreign recruits for positions they can't fill from the domestic labour pool. Austrade is championing the idea of Australian vocational training courses in Indian workplaces and institutions, and eventually an India-based Australian mining and engineering college, with the capacity to train as many as 100,000 Indian workers annually.