• This alliance has a work plan up until 2025, seeking to stimulate and guide successful students’ and workforce Technical-Vocational Education and Training Pathways in connection to the mining sector’s labor demands (increasing productivity and digital transformation). All of the above, aiming to contribute towards the economic re-activation at regional and national level.
Strengthening the technical and vocational education and training of those who work in the mining area, providing employability, and contributing to the development of talents that the sector requires, are part of the most relevant challenges that the mining sector must tackle.
The Mining Skills Council (CCM) and the Eleva Program are key public-private initiatives to addressing said challenges. The CCM has worked in adapting training programs in educational centers and universities, both technical and professional, so the sector may count on workers with the relevant training required by the industry. The Eleva Program, through territorial collaboration networks, has focused on improving the quality and relevance of training processes to promote the mining industry of the future. As a result of the commitment of strategic actors in the industry, Eleva has managed to increase the employability of its graduates, generating greater opportunities for the lives of young people and adults in our country.
Currently, both the Mining Council and Fundación Chile have begun merging the two programs, which will seek to strengthen their impact and contribution in the country, collaborating more directly and permanently with the educational community, in its many forms and levels (technical vocational education and training, higher education, and job training).
The Undersecretary of Mining, Iván Cheuquelaf, said that “this initiative helps in having a better economic re-activation scenario, given it contributes to creating more and better human capital in mining. The process of developing the National Mining Policy 2050 has addressed the need of establishing closer relations between the business and academic sectors in order to have even more prepared people when joining the sector. In this context, we believe that this program will have a very relevant role, especially considering the new challenges that this pandemic has presented, demanding professionals and technicians who can adapt to these new circumstances.
Similarly, the Undersecretary of Education, Jorge Poblete, emphasized this relationship’s importance for the training world: ” We at the Ministry of Education seek to promote initiatives, such as CCM-ELEVA, that can strengthen the technical and vocational education and training of those that work in mining, while at the same time contributing to the employability of people and the development of talents. For both the public and private spheres, it is a priority to identify and disseminate good practices that will ultimately mobilize transformation and provide more and better opportunities for personal and professional development for those working in this field.”
For the Undersecretary of Labor, Fernando Arab, “It is essential that we do not continue to act as independent silos in terms of labor training. That is why connecting supply and demand for labor is fundamental to generating employability. We need to create more spaces for the training process to be relevant and of quality and, undoubtedly, this alliance aims in that direction.”
The launch took place during the first CCM-Eleva Strategic Committee meeting, which is comprised by the Undersecretary of Mining, Iván Cheuquelaf; the Undersecretary of Education, Jorge Poblete; the Undersecretary of Labor and Social Security, Fernando Arab; SENCE’s National Director, José Manuel Santa Cruz; CORFO’s Manager of Corporate Affairs, María Cecilia Valdés; the Mining Council’s Executive President, Joaquín Villarino, (president); Fundación Chile’s VP of Human Development Centre, Hernán Araneda (vice-president); as well as representatives of the Executive Committee of the Mining Council: Antofagasta Minerals, BHP, Freeport McMoRan and Collahuasi. Along the supplier companies that are partners of the Mining Skills Council: Finning, Komatsu; and the trade association, APRIMIN. This Strategic Committee will also count with representation from the sectors’ workers and from Vertebral, which is the Council of Accredited Professional Institutions and Technical and Vocational Higher Education Training Centers.
During the first meeting, Joaquín Villarino, Executive President of the Consejo Minero (Mining Council), emphasized the Committee’s role: “This challenge already counts with the commitment of key actors in the sector; all of whom have supported both the trajectory of the Mining Skills Council and Eleva, and have not lagged behind in this new merger. I am sure that the diversity of actors will allow for permanent and collaborative work according to the lines of action set forth in this new alliance. This way, we will provide solid foundations for a program that is very important for the industry, allowing it to have the human capital it requires, and, that is essential for people, who will be able to access high quality training and professional development opportunities.”
The VP of Human Development Centre at Fundación Chile, Hernán Araneda, emphasized that “The participation of all these actors results from the need for a collaborative approach between companies, training institutions and public policies, regionally rooted, and capable of attracting talent, particularly young people and women, for a more technological and sustainable mining, and reflecting the achievements of Eleva and the CCM.”
This alliance has a work plan up until 2025, seeking to stimulate and guide successful students’ and workforce Technical-Vocational Education and Training Pathways in connection to the mining sector’s labor demands (increasing productivity and digital transformation). All of the above, aiming to contribute towards the economic re-activation at regional and national level.