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Finding solutions to the technical skills crisis in South Africa

Mining Review Africa magazine will be hosting the Mine-Tech International Conference and Expo at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2-4 November 2009.

One of the highlights of this event will be the Technical Skills Forum, a pre-conference workshop that will review the current skills situation both in South Africa and abroad, look at strategies to address technical skills shortages and unpack issues such as workforce planning and development, skills retention, retrenchments, and linking training to business results.

The workshop will consist of three sessions. The first one will be facilitated by Greta McNiven of Bizzpro and Johannes Maluleke, Manufacturing Manager and Executive Director of the De Beers Group. They will be looking at strategies by both Government and the MQA (Mining Qualifications Authority) to address skills shortages, as well as approaches to training that deliver greater return.

The second session will be facilitated by Yendor Felgate of Emergence Consulting, who will look at workforce planning. He will focus on flexibility models, identifying future skills needs, partnering with education institutions, and using a talent pool approach to overcome skills shortages, among others.

The final session will be facilitated by Deon Greyling of BTS, a world leader in customized business simulations and other discovery learning solutions. He will be looking at strategies to maximize training impact, the role of leadership in training, and how to ensure that training translates into behavior changes.

For more information on the programme, download the brochure or contact Piera Abbott: piera.abbott@miningreview.com
Phone: +27 21 700 3545
To register, contact Mario Haddon: Mario.haddon@spintelligent.com
Phone: +27 21 700 3547