The Mining People Polling/Media Centre

Welcome to the Mining People Polling/Media Centre. We want to know what you think on a broad range of mining, recruitment, human resources (HR) & other mining industry topics.

Please contribute your thoughts below via our most current poll question or browse the archives of previous questions. If you have a question or wish to submit a topic for discussion, please email the team.

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Current Poll

As experienced workers retire, are we losing the very skills the industry so desperately needs during this skills shortage? Tell us what you think.

The mining is experiencing a real skills shortage. But as older workers retire, are we losing the very skills the industry so desperately needs? And could sharing the wealth of knowledge of the older generation be just what’s needed to attract a younger generation into mining? We want to know the impact of this, tell us your experience below.

The mining industry is struggling to attract people with the right technological capabilities.
The mining industry is struggling to retain people with the right technological capabilities.
The older generation are often the only people in mining with knowledge of how certain systems work.
It is hard for young people to gain the skills they need because the older generation stay in their jobs.
I have seen my company/site lose a wealth of technical knowledge when an older employee has retired/left.
I have seen a skills gap form at a company/site because an experienced person retired/left and no-one had been trained up to replace them.
I have seen the smooth transition from one generation of miner to another when an experienced miner has left a highly skilled position requiring specialist knowledge.
My company uses its experienced, older generation of miners to train the next generation coming through.
I was given the opportunity to learn from an experienced person when I started my mining career.
And finally, a little about you. How long have you been in mining?

Thanks so much for taking part in this Mining People Polling/Media Centre poll. We’ll publish the results on our website next month. You can see the results of some of our other recent polls below!


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Previous Polls

Recent articles based on our poll results