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Nunatsiaq Online reports on Greenland’s mine school: quality learning, in English

Reporters from Nunatsiaq Online hear from Hans Henrichsen, manager of the Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum in Sisimiut.
"We are taking the best of the best in Greenland. Our goal is to prove that Greenland miners are as good as any around the world,” Henrichsen said March 31 to a group of visitors from Nunavut. Agnico-Eagles Mines Ltd. flew the group to Greenland following a two-day tour of the company’s gold mine in Kittilä, Finland, where the Nunavut visitors met numerous highly educated Finns who have landed good jobs in mining.

Mining Weekly: Closing the skills gap for deep-level mining

SRK Consulting partner and principal mining geotechnical engineer William Joughin tells Mining Weekly that deep-level mining in South Africa is suffering from a severe shortage of qualified rock engineers.
The ever-increasing demand for commodities is resulting in the growth of mining operations, Joughin notes.
“This significant growth is creating the demand for qualified rock engineers, which has yet to be met,” he says.
He adds that, locally, the shortage is exacerbated by rock engineers leaving South Africa to pursue other attractive opportunities in Australia and Canada.

Australian Mining reports Minara Resources aiming to boost female miner numbers

Cole Latimer of Australian Mining reports that Minara Resources, Australia's second-largest nickel producer, is looking to increase the number of women on its mines to address the skills shortage.

Minara says about 30% of its current workforce are women.
The miner’s human resources manager Peter Bourne told the ABC that a number of campaigns are kicking off to encourage more women into mining.

“There's a lot of good work going on, I know the chamber of minerals and energy in Perth have promoted it through their women in mining celebrations recently," Bourne said.

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.

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.

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 (www.euro-ages.eu) 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 foldshe@uni-miskolc.hu.