Training existing staff and new staff can be a huge challenge. This can be much more frightening if you don’t currently have the knowledge-base in-house. Mining operations vary by location and need, and frequently a portion of the staff includes close, loyal, family ties or long-term friends as employees. When loyalty counts more than existing knowledge, training is essential to drive those highly-loyal staff members to success.
It is quite common for mining operations to have to choose from less than an ideal pool of candidates. This speaks to existing experience more than employee quality, and this is where appropriate and expert training comes into play. Training staff internally can mean transferring the bad-habits or common mistakes to a new generation of employees. Internal training can also prolong mental-blocks on business development as frustrations with existing problems are simply passed on to a new person.
Training is an area that VME can assist with. Not only can we provide training that comes from many prior lessons-learned from a variety of mining operations, but we can provide ongoing mentoring and enrichment services for your existing staff. If your organization needs to pivot from one focus to another, retraining your staff to support that direction is essential. Without that training, you may make a decision not to undertake a project that would be beneficial to your bottom-line, simply because the support necessary to accomplish it cannot be obtained.