Rio Tinto has formed a $1.2 million, three-year partnership with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
The miner will invest $400,000 per year until 2020 to provide employees with opportunities for professional and personal development via AusIMM accreditations.
Around 300 Rio employees are active members of the AusIMM and an additional 500 workers across the company will be able to take up membership under the new agreement.
“The agreement will improve industry engagement and inclusion for employees globally and confirm Rio Tinto as a preferred employer for technical professionals,” said Rio Tinto growth and innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh.
Rio Tinto will have the opportunity to secure future talent through the deal by taking advantage of AusIMM’s new leaders’ conference, part of the organisation’s 125th anniversary programme of events.
In addition, Rio Tinto hopes to become more involved in AusIMM’s Women in Mining network as a national diversity partner.
AusIMM chief executive Stephen Durkin said the association’s strategy was to be the trusted voice of all resources professionals.
“This landmark global partnership provides an opportunity to further enhance the development of our professionals and help tell the story of the vital work they carry out,” Durkin said.