Mind the skills gap: how mining can attract talent that will help solve the energy transition

Join the Axora Community and YMP in this free virtual panel discussion as professionals in the mining industry at the early to mid-levels of their careers share their perspective on what it takes to attract talent to the mining sector.

24 Feb 2022

16.00 GMT


The future of mining is paradoxically promising and precarious at the same time. On the one hand, the upcoming energy transition will turbocharge demand for copper, nickel, aluminium and other metals. On the other, companies will quickly need to adopt new technologies to locate, extract, process and transport these materials in an efficient and sustainable way.

As the pace of innovation quickens and an ageing workforce retires, mining companies need to tap into new talent pools if they hope to keep pace. But with enrolment in mining engineering programmes dropping worldwide, it’s harder than ever to attract young people to the industry. So how can the sector cater to the next generation of mining professionals? What qualifications should companies prioritise to future-proof their operations? And how can mining meaningfully close the skills gap while facilitating the energy transition?

The panel discussion covered:

  • What attracts people to a career in mining?

  • Is the industry meeting the demands of today's professionals?

  • How did our panellists feel about the future of mining?

  • How do professionals feel about the education accessible to them to help them build their career in mining?

This event is available to watch back through our community.


contact-Axora Community

Axora Community


contact-Joe Carr

Joe Carr

Mining Innovation Director, Axora

contact-Bianca Déprés

Bianca Déprés

Energy & Natural Resources Associate at Pinsent Masons

contact-Max Gilligan

Max Gilligan

Consultant, Extractive Search

contact-Catriona Bell

Catriona Bell

Principal Advisor - Energy & Climate Change, Copper, Rio Tinto

contact-Phoebe Whattoff

Phoebe Whattoff

Sustainability Consultant, Minviro

15 February 2022

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