What can be done to build a skilled workforce that is more diverse?
Je crois qu'il serait important de diffuser l'information auprès des groupes visés. Il serait aussi important de rapprocher la formation de leur lieu de résidence afin de faciliter l'accès aux formations en demande dans le secteur minier. Ainsi, il serait plus facile pour les recruteurs de retrouver des travailleurs qualifiés au sein de ces groupes.
Mining offers a large range of employment opportunities from early forms of prospecting all the way to closure and reclamation. Future opportunities in mining are quite exciting with advanced technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence to geological surveying in the far north. The labour force in mining is changing and some job prospects will shrink while others grow. Making the general public aware of what the future mining workforce will look like and it’s vast and diverse opportunities can spur all Canadians to consider the field. New Canadians, women in STEM fields/positions and new graduates all need to be aware of future openings in exciting fields.
For those interested in this field, check out the great work and resources from the Mining Industry Human Resource Council:
Training initiatives that target local communities and promote inclusive growth should encouraged and support by governments. Mines could partner with nearby communities and academic institutions to develop tailored training initiatives for future employees. Indicating future personnel needs early in the process allows future workers the opportunity to prepare/become trained for highly skilled positions.
Govt should require mining companies to provide real time data analytics on local benefits from mining projects (miningsharedvalue.org) and (theomx.com) and provide procurement opportunities to as many local companies as possible.
While mining is struggling to attract and retain a more diversified workforce, in the last few years a number of measures have been taken to rectify the situation. While only few, there are success stories related to attracting women, immigrants, veterans and millennials to mining. These stories need to be told to the general public to ignite curiosity so more people consider a career in mining.
Find communities and companies that are doing this well and try to replicate success. Bring leaders and initiators to mentor and oversee new projects. They can share lessons learned and help groups avoid mistakes.
The International Minerals Innovation Institute, on behalf of its minerals companies members in Saskatchewan, supported an open innovation challenge in 2017 to incent pilot and demonstration projects of new ways to engage more Indigenous people and women in mining. Five projects, including a new mentorship model for women in mining, were selected for funding, and these were recognized during Saskatchewan's Mining Week.
Once completed, the IMII will share the results with others.