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Newmont offers Ghanaian students mining apprenticeship program

The Chronicle reports that 45 Ghanaian students have been offered a four-year apprenticeship program with Newmont Akyem. The apprenticeships will be undergone in the US, Ghana or South Africa.
These are initiatives by the company to help disabuse the notion that mining communities are poor, as the companies either did little, or not factor the development of the communities into their programmes.

GIW Industries presents slurry pumping course online

GIW Industries is co-sponsoring a new web-based course on slurry pumping with the USF Polytechnic Florida Industry and Phosphate Research Institute. It consists of six modules covering Slurry Pumping Basics, Testing and Evaluation of Slurry, Cavitation, Modeling, Field Work and Maintenance.
The course will cover major findings of the FIPR Institute's slurry pumping research projects and builds on GIW's training and industrial experience with pump systems. Topics covered in the course are applicable to mine managers, engineers, pump designers, operators and maintenance technicians, enabling them to sharpen their skills and improve their technical competence.

First set of Canadian miners and mineral processing operators receive Canadian Mining Credentials Program certification

A selection of underground and surface miners and mineral processing operators from Teck Resources Limited has received national certification through the Canadian Mining Credentials Program, developed by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) and members of the mining industry, the Kootenay News Advisor reports.
This is an historic event in Canadian mining because until now, unlike the trades, skilled workers in these occupations have never before been awarded an industry-recognized credential that supports mobility and retention within the mining workforce.

Financial Times: Evraz focusses on comprehensive program to train mining managers

Natalia Ionova, head of human resources at Russian steelmaker Evraz, used the recession of 2008 to focus and unify the training of mine managers in their facilities worldwide. With Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, she developed an executive education programme, vital for giving managers an understanding of the company as a whole.
"The people on the courses know the company from the inside, so they can share experiences, and the programmes give them the tools to develop ideas and implement innovative solutions," says Ionova. "It’s better than hiring MBA graduates from outside."

West Virginia: Massey Energy mine shuts down production to retrain miners on safety practices after citation

The Republic reports that Massey Energy will stop production at Randolph Mine in West Virginia mine for three days to retrain workers after the operation was cited for a string of serious MSHA safety violations. "We were disappointed in the results of last week's MSHA inspection and I ordered this stand down to reinforce safe mining practices and provide additional training in safety, ventilation and the requirements of our mine plan," Massey Chief Executive Baxter Phillips said in a statement.

Mining Weekly: South Africa needs intensive investment in blasting training

Mining explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) director Tony Rorke told Mining Weekly that unless South Africa makes a serious investment towards improving their blasting training, millions of rands per year will continue to be wasted in lost productivity.
...intensive investment in training and the use of new blasting technologies are needed if opencast mining operators are to take full advantage of the booming commodities market over the next few years. Effective blasting, probably the most crucial aspect of opencast mining, is largely being neglected as operators, accustomed to the results they are getting, do not examine the opportunities available to them to increase their outputs.

Orange, Australia now the site of brand new training facilities for mining, trades, sustainable building

TAFE Western has opened three new facilities in Orange, NSW, Australia to provide students with state of the art training in trades and mining, set in a framework of green technology and green building practices.
TAFE Western institute director Kate Baxter said both the Green Skills Trade Education Centre and the mining simulator would provide world-class learning facilities right here in Orange. She said the Green Skills Trade Education Centre would train tradespeople in a range of areas including plumbing, construction, electrotechnology, manufacturing and engineering, and aimed to develop sustainable building practices.

Report calls for rethink of Australian training sector

A report handed to Australian Education and Training Minister Chris Evans warns that Australia will fail to capitalise on the mining boom unless it overhauls the national training system and improves workforce skill levels.
Under current arrangements, completion rates are appalling, training often poorly targeted, graduate skills under-used and skill shortages growing, the report says. Meanwhile, at least 1.5 million people are unemployed or under-employed and nearly half the population has poor language, literacy and numeracy skills.

European Federation of Geologists and the Hungarian Geological Society present geology workshop, Budapest

Connected with the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) this year in Budapest will be a workshop on "Geology at different education levels in Europe" on May 19th. A fieldtrip to the Balaton Lake and the Bakony-Balaton Geopark will also be also offered the following day, including a visit to the area of the catastrophic red sludge spill.