​New ‘Mining Leaders’ program developed

A new Mining Leaders’ Program has developed to help “the address the global shortage of future leaders in the industry”.

The program, hosted JKTech, is a seven month long, four module course and has already seen major miners and manufacturers such as Anglo American, Sandvik, MMG, and African Barrick Gold register.

According to JKTech technology and knowledge transfer team general manager Brett Cunningham “we developed this program in response to a cyclical trend we recognised in the global mining industry where middle and senior management suffer critical job cuts every time there is a downturn; this creates a shortage of the next generation of leaders, as well as a loss of vital industry knowledge”.

The program focuses on three central theme critical to optimising current and future mining performance: the transition to high performing mining leader; the business of mining and optimising operational performance; and creating new value through transformation and innovation in global mining.

“Our aim is to help companies recognise their future leaders and equip these people with the ability to demonstrate their full potential and make the successful transition to senior leadership roles,” Cunningham said.

“We are unlocking the hidden value in the mining industry and contributing to a more sustainable future.”

The program is also supported by Sustainable Minerals Institute, with deputy director for research integration at SMI, David Brereton, stating the course’s practical application is key to its success.

“While the course content draws on some of the best research in the world undertaken by the University of Queensland and SMI, and participants have access to leading industry experts such as Rosemary Howard, Ben Adair, and Charlie Sartain; the greatest value comes in applying their learning directly to their business,” Brereton said.

“Collaboration with people from other companies is also imperative; sharing knowledge and experience across a range of companies and roles within the industry provides participants with a well-rounded experience and exposure to issues they may not have otherwise experienced.”

The program is now open and will run from September 2015 to March 2016.

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