Mining: Technical Training Available Now and in the Future

Technology is changing how training is made available and delivered

Innovative Training Options

  • Online, in-person, or blended (more than one method)
  • Theory, hands-on, and experiential
  • Mentoring or coaching (can be in-person or virtual)
  • Simulators, artificial intelligence, or virtual reality

New Methods to Support Learners

  • Precision machining
  • Mechatronics and mobile robotics
  • Cultural awareness and competence, human rights and anti-racism, reconciliation
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Electronics and maintenance
  • STEM basic skills (e.g., digital literacy)


Recognize skills learned over shorter time periods (e.g., 2-day, multi-weeks)

Multi-Partner Involvement

Collaborate with partners to create and deliver training

The Opportunities

  • Provide flexible start dates and shorter durations so participants can stay connected with their home, community, responsibilities, and life
  • Allow for courses to be at the participants’ pace
  • Support adult skills upgrading
  • Have diversity of trainers outside of the traditional education structure
  • Recognize on-the-job, real-time learning

Mining: Aptitude Training Available Now and in the Future

Support employees to expand their skill sets

Aptitude skills are challenging to assess but are the most transferable skills

Employees will need to be more flexible, embrace self-directed careers, and update their skills

The Opportunities

Recognize the importance of cultural awareness, anti-racism, human rights, and reconciliation knowledge and frameworks to support a safe workplace as a key part of all training.

Create and support training that develops aptitudes, and develop assessments to validate these skills.

Consult, engage, communicate, and collaborate with Indigenous communities and the public to increase awareness of aptitude skills and their importance.

Workers Will Be in Demand If They:

  • Have communication, leadership, teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity skills
  • Can transfer skills from other disciplines (e.g., law, environmental science, social sciences, anthropology, etc.)
  • Can navigate complex regulatory environments
  • Have the ability to consult, engage, communicate, and collaborate with colleagues, the public, and Indigenous communities

CTEM Resources

There are many resources to explore to better understand the industry and the jobs that keep it operating safely.

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