CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP
CCM introduces updates and new products for a continued support of training in the mining sector
• With products such as the Chilean Large Mining Workforce Study 2019-2028, the Mining Qualifications Framework 2019, the Cross-Cutting Skill Model for the Mining Industry 4.0, and the award of 6 Quality Seals from the CCM, the Mining Skills Council ends its year 2019.
Counting with the Undersecretary of Mining, Ricardo Irarrázabal; the Chief Executive Officer of the Mining Council, Joaquín Villarino; the Manager of the Mining Skills Council, Verónica Fincheira, and important representatives of the mining and the training sectors, the Mining Skills Council (CCM) presented three new products developed during 2019; namely the Workforce Study for the Chilean Large Mining Industry (2019-2028), an update of the Mining Qualifications Framework (MCM), and the Cross-Cutting Skills Model for the Mining Industry 4.0.
“The products we present here are of great relevance for the large mining industry and our country, given they account for the importance of shared value, and how we can continue contributing towards an adequate development of the industry, in which people are continually at the core of changes and processes,” explained Joaquín Villarino, Chief Executive Officer of the Mining Council.
“We are grateful for this work, that more than one single product, and after so many years, is currently a permanent process that we hope will keep pushing forward. At the National Mining Policy we are working on the automation and challenges of mining 4.0, so this becomes a concrete input and is a reflection that the actors of the industry are aligned,” said the Undersecretary of Mining, Ricardo Irarrázabal.
One of the products released at the meeting is the new version of the Workforce Study, which in this 6th version, incorporates projections, gaps between workers demand and supply, the identification of challenges of women’s participation in the sector, and the new technological scenarios for the industry related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“The Study allows estimating that mining will require more than 25 thousand new qualified workers in different specialties over the next decade. The demand for human capital will mainly be focused on the profiles of maintainers (mechanical and electrical) and operators (of mobile and fixed equipment), where supply continues to be insufficient. For the same reason we must not forget to generate and improve strategies to attract new professionals so they choose mining for their professional development. It is also important that the training sector takes in consideration the results of this study, and works to adjust the educational programs based on the requirements posed by the industry,” stated Joaquin Villarino.
On the other hand, this year the Mining Qualifications Framework 2019 was updated incorporating new processes, profiles and skills in light of the adoption of new technologies. This upgrade was forged considering MINEDUC’s definitions for the Technical-Professional Qualifications Framework, this being the first sectoral settlement in the country.
Finally, CCM presented its new Cross-Cutting Skill Model for the Mining Industry 4.0, which identifies the skills and abilities that are critical for highly technological work environments, typical of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
After presenting and analyzing the products, the Mining Skills Council awarded the CCM Quality Seal to six new technical and professional training programs validating their training quality aligned with the human capital standards required by the industry, through Mining Qualifications Framework.
“We comprehend the value in education and the challenge to improve its quality, that is why CCM promotes the development of new standards and instruments that allow the industry and training centers to keep moving forward towards better training and the consolidation of increasingly productive and sustainable mining. The delivery of these six new CCM Quality Seals reflects much of this work and efforts of training institutions that provide programs aligned with the standards of the industry,” added Veronica Fincheira, Executive Director of Mining Skills Council.
Towards the end of the event, a panel discussion was held where the participants debated about the role of the Mining Skills Council, as the first skills council in Chile engaged in the development of human capital, showcasing the successful initiatives that CCM and Eleva have had in promoting the Labor Practices System that enables young technicians and professionals to carry out internships in large mining companies. Ana María Rabagliatti, Executive Officer at CCM; Juan Manuel Santa Cruz, SENCE National Director, and Fernando Alvear, CEO/Executive Director at CPC participated in this panel.
“Bridging the gap between the industry and training has been one of the challenges of the Mining Skills Council. The Eleva Program, supported by CPC, invites training institutions (STPEs, HSs, and TSOs) to adjust their programs under the qualifications that mining requires, increasing the employability of young people and workers in the country,” emphasized Hernán Araneda, VP of Human Development Centre at Fundación Chile.
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