APR • 2022

Heading for the Future: Mining Plus and AIESEC

In February, Mining Plus (MP) sponsored a 3-day program in conjunction with AIESEC, 'Heading for the Future', which targeted Curtin University and UWA’s mining, civil and mechanical engineering and data science students. AIESEC are the largest, global youth-run organisation present in 110+ countries and territories, with a goal to develop globally-minded young leaders and help them contribute to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in order to achieve their vision - peace and fulminant of Humankind's Potential.

Day One of the program saw Mining Plus and Byrnecut presenting on various topics, with Senior Mining Consultant Chris Hodgins kicking off with an introduction to the mining industry, covering the different mining methodologies, commodities and career opportunities within the industry. MP's Managing Director, Ben Auld, presented on our 'Passion and Excellence in Mining', and Phil Burton, the company's Leadership Coach, spoke about the habits of highly effective people.

On Day Two, students visited Byrnecut’s Training Centre, experiencing the underground through virtual reality software and a smallscale mining tunnel, operated an underground truck on the simulator, sprayed concrete on rock walls, of Jetcrete's virtual reality training tool, and experienced what it’s like to be in an underground refuge chamber.

Students also heard from some of MP and Byrnecut’s team, who shared their personal experiences in the mining industry and what a "day in the life" involves for them.

"We’re always looking for ways to develop and engage the next generation of Mining Professionals!"

Day Three had the students undertake a Hackathon with the topic being How Can We Improve the Perception of Mining? They had been tasked with addressing aspects of the mining industry including general operations, technology and innovation, ESG, marketing and communications and the current skills shortage. The students finished the day by presenting their recommendations to a Mining Plus/ Byrnecut Panel, which was followed by a networking session with a number of Mining Plus and Byrnecut employees Mining Plus would like to thank AIESEC for the opportunity to be involved and for their coordination of the program, and also thank the students for their continued engagement during the three days. Hopefully they are now all eager to further explore study and career options that lead them to the mining industry!

Our 'Mining High 5' pillar is one of the strategic initiatives we've developed to engage and create opportunities for students and mining professionals within the industry.