Appealing to the younger generation

A shortage of skilled workers could still pose a significant risk to mining operations

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Staff at Rio Tinto's Diavik diamond mine in Canada

Canada’s Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) published a report earlier this year that said while the mining industry has begun to show signs of economic recovery, it anticipates critical gaps for various mining-related occupations.

According to its forecasts, the Canadian mining industry’s hiring requirement in these occupations is projected to be approximately 18,210 from 2018 to 2027; however, mining is only expected to secure about 8,670 new entrants over the same time, representing a gap of about 9,540 people. In other words, roughly 52% percent of all vacancies are projected to remain unfilled. A lot of this is due to the age profile of the industry; younger workers (15-24 year olds) have dropped from 13% to 5...