With the mining industry currently facing a critical skills shortage, a larger emphasis needs to be placed on attracting and engaging the next generation of leaders, says the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) — founding partner of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC).
Research conducted in partnership with AusIMM, who are the peak body for resources professionals, into student perspectives towards the sector has revealed that students are impacted by a distinct lack of knowledge about the industry and opportunities available to individuals in the sector.
“Australian expertise in the Mining and METS industry currently has a first-class reputation, but Australia risks losing this standing without the appropriate local personnel,” said Janenie Mohgan from AusIMM, who will be speaking at the Young Leaders Forum taking place at the free-to-attend Collaboration Theatre at IMARC.
“International investment can be encouraged by having a ready and capable workforce, and currently, there are enormous concerns around our future pipeline.
“Knowledge of the mining sector starts in primary school and secondary school, which in turn influences the courses that young people go on to study,” said Mohgan.
The Young Leaders Forum has been designed to encourage current students to pursue a career within the mining industry. The forum will include a panel of current PhD students from Monash University, University of Tasmania and the University of WA who will discuss what the industry needs to do to nurture and support young talent. The forum will later host a debate on how to make mining relevant for those entering tertiary level studies.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, AusIMM was founded in 1893 and operates under Royal Charter. The AusIMM upholds professional standards and supports members to build their careers and enhance their leadership capabilities.
In a recent report to the Australian Government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, AusIMM noted that there is an opportunity for micro-credentialing and upskilling of the workforce, particularly as the nature of work in the sector transforms to remote and digital operation.
“There is unnecessary concern by some that the depth of work will dry up as the industry becomes more digitised. The workforce will change; however, the skills of the workforce can also grow with the appropriate support in place,” said Mohgan.
AusIMM’s 13,000 members are required to engage in an appropriate level of professional development in order to maintain current knowledge and skills.
“Professional Development activities are critical to ensuring that our members continue to lead the way in the global resources sector. Attending one of the seven bespoke workshops at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will contribute up to 7.5 hours towards AusIMM members professional development logbooks,” Mohgan said.
AusIMM members are eligible to receive members pricing, saving up to 30 per cent off standard tickets to attend IMARC.