The mining industry is ever shifting and changing, which directly affects the availability of jobs within the industry, as well as the skills and educational qualifications that will be required in the future. The mining industry in Canada is massive, diverse and made up of a workforce of people with a wide range of educational qualifications and skill sets. These requirements are constantly changing given the fact that the mining industry is ever evolving and changing, and this directly affects the mining industries workforce requirements in Canada.

MiHR have completed analysis which takes a deeper look into the hiring needs of the mining industry in Canada. According to MIHRs research the mining industry’s educational profile is distinct from other industries. and the mining industry in Canada tends to employ a larger share of people who have either no post-secondary education or that have an apprentice/trades certificate, whilst at the same time the amount of people working in the mining industry who have degrees are relatively modest in comparison to some other industries.

However according to the data released by MIHR in its Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook 2016 report, over time the educational requirements of the mining industry have shifted in favor of higher levels of educational attainment, and that between 2006 and 2011 there was a significant decrease in the proportion of the mining workforce that holds no certificate degree or diploma, and a marginal decrease in the proportion with a secondary diploma. At the same time according to MIHR the mining industry in Canada is employing a significantly larger proportion of university educated people, and a very notable increase in those who hold trades certificates.

It seems that this shift in requirements in terms of education is not unique to the mining industry and that it is also apparent in Canada’s overall workforce, and that over the last few decades there has been an increasing emphasis on employing those with a post secondary diploma or degree.

An article in the Canadian Business Journal stated that in November 2016 the Canadian Chamber of Commerce published a report on the skills shortages in Canada, and that according to the results of this report there is a skills shortage in Canada, which is a critical economic issue that impacts Canadian productivity and ultimately their competitiveness in the global market.

For this reason it seems that not only is the mining industry experiencing an aging workforce but that this problem is across the board in Canada, and this is affecting multiple industries including the food industry, to construction and technology and obviously mining as well.

So for those with an interest in working in the mining industry, it seems that it is becoming more and more important for youngsters to study further after school, and that obtaining a relevant good qualification will be key to help youngsters break into the mining industry.


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