The current status of minerals industry education and recommendations for change

CIM Vancouver 2006
Chris Cross, Moira Phillips, Chris Hartley, Claire Divver,
Abstract A working group from Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata reviewed supply and demand for graduates from mining education departments in countries where they normally recruit: Australia, Canada, Chile, Western Europe, South Africa and USA. Departments are typically small and increasingly unsustainable, resulting in a steady rate of closure. Supply and demand for graduates in the minerals industry is cyclical, with supply lagging behind demand and trending downwards. Currently supply is tight and the industry is trying to expand with an ageing workforce. Greater collaboration between universities and within the industry is recommended to address these issues. (99 words)
Keywords: Minerals industry, Graduate demand, Collaboration, Education, Graduate supply
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