Skills

Despite the growth in artificial intelligence and its ability to promote high value work, emerging technologies are still not being leveraged to their full potential in materials, mineral, and mining occupations.

Diverse skills contribute to the long-term growth of the economy and are crucial in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  There is a global deficit in basic skills for low-income countries and a skills gap for the younger generation in high income economies.

Some industries within IOM3 have reported difficulties in attracting new mining engineering, mineral processing, and metallurgical skills, who in essence are our future members. These shortages don’t exist in foundational extractive industries alone. 

Cynthia Adu

Skills

Cynthia Adu

Strategic Advisor

Despite the growth in artificial intelligence and its ability to promote high value work, emerging technologies are still not being leveraged to their full potential in materials, mineral, and mining occupations.

Unfortunately, ageing industries also in turn suffer from digital skills gaps. Some of the skills challenges are due to the lack of alignment between education and industry practical skills. Society also often underestimates non-academic upskilling routes such as apprenticeships. We often forget to draw enough empathy between materials, minerals and mining subjects and their current societal challenges that matter most to younger people. 

IOM3 already plays a major role in influencing policy on skills, through its various programmes on schools’ outreach, training academy, continuous professional development, and mentorship programme. With its diverse communities and structure, it is very well positioned to ensure education pathways are in sync with what industries need in terms of competencies and future skills.  The experience of the Technical Communities can be leveraged in more ways to mitigate some of the skills challenges. 

 

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Upcoming events

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Life Cycle Assessment Spring 2024

One-day course providing an insight into the principles of Life Cycle Assessment and how to interpret a report

London

Review of the UK Critical Mineral Strategy

A technical lecture from the Western Institute of Mining & Minerals

Keele & virtual

Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing of Steel Components for Aerospace

A technical lecture from the Sheffield Metallurgical & Engineering Association

Sheffield & virtual

2024 IOM3 Awards & Prizes

IOM3 has a range of Awards, Medal and Prizes to recognise personal achievement, for published work and for contributions to the Institute, knowledge, outreach and profession. 

Nominations for the 2024 IOM3 Awards & Prizes closed on 29 February and the winners will be announced in June. Visit our Awards pages to see details of the awards and competitions on offer and details of previous winners.

Jobs

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Assessors & Question Setters

  • Contract type: Voluntary role
  • Salary: Dependent on role

PIABC are currently seeking IOM3 members who would be interested in becoming assessors and question setters for three apprenticeship standards.

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Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Contract type: Voluntary role
  • Salary: Voluntary, but reasonable expenses paid.
  • Closing date: 15 Apr 2024

We are looking for a Chair who is passionate about science and promoting trust in the profession and work closely with trustees and our Chief Executive to lead the organisation.

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Are you looking for information or advice on materials? Our Information Services team can help you find relevant articles and literature from our extensive library collections and provide signposting to sources of advice.  

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