A personal focus

THE contribution of individual personnel will be a focus of the Faces of Mining … Making it Personal initiative to be introduced at the 2014 Mining & Engineering New South Wales exhibition.

Staff Reporter

Faces of Mining … Making it Personal has been developed by event organiser Reed Mining Events to highlight the contributions individuals make to the mining industry.

Reed Mining Events director Paul Baker said the initiative was about recognising the contribution of individual personnel, the importance of professional development and the crucial impact employees have on the operational performance of mining companies.

“With an increasing amount of attention being placed on the development and welfare of individual workers within companies throughout Australia, it is important for industry to have platforms such as M&E NSW provide knowledge-sharing opportunities that educate companies and personnel about the best practices to improve their workforce,” he said.

“Even with the rising prominence of automation and unmanned technology in conducting mining operations, developing the individual worker is a priority for mining companies as the production phase intensifies due to the direct influence this has on productivity, efficiency and profits.”

The first Faces of Mining will give attendees knowledge-sharing events that offer insights into opportunities available for women in mining and recognising the successes already experienced, with a panel discussion hosted by Lanie Anderson from Mining Family Matters.

This panel aims to provide accurate insights into what the industry is like for personnel at varying levels and positions with panellists such as Glencore technical services vacation student, coal assets Australia Abby Sheridan, Thiess mining accountant Jade Bruckner and Rio Tinto Coal & Allied Aboriginal relations specialist Cate Sims.