|Training new professionals, Providing a clear & comprehensive path forward for Employer and Employee|
|Karissa Grenfell. Xstrata |
The current mining boom has sparked a shortage of professionals, particularly geologists, within the mining industry and it is a trend currently being experienced at George Fisher Mine. The cyclic nature of the mining industry, from bust to boom, has also meant that experienced geologists are particularly hard to come by and most advertisement calls are answered by graduates. This places an increased focus on training not only to build skills as a geologist but to ensure a healthy emphasis on safety in what can be a hazardous environment – an underground mine. This paper will focus on the process undertaken at George Fisher Mine to implement a training program for mine geologists, an endeavor that is on going. It will highlight the transient nature of the geology group and how we aim to provide a quality training program in an environment where it is a challenge to retain geologists for more than 12 months and where the experience of the current group largely lies in the 0-3 year range.