Canadian Mining Journal


TRAINING: Wenco’s e-learning advantage

MONTREAL – Ever wondered how e-learning can help the mining industry? Delegates at the 2017 CIM convention found the answers.

Wenco International Mining Systems of Richmond, B.C., took the opportunity to invite people to hear the behind-the-scenes details of the research and development the company puts into its mining solutions. Leonardo Avila discussed the findings of the company’s recent paper “Knowledge Transfer at Mines: How E-Learning Technology Can Ease the Burden.”

Wenco offers the benefits of e-learning to the mining industry.

The abstract of the paper reads as follows: Knowledge management is a growing concern for mining and other heavy industries. Many operations in these fields subsist through ad hoc decisions and institutional knowledge held by experienced personnel. However, these fields also see significant turnover as personnel retire, advance into senior roles, or migrate to other sites and operations. An aging workforce only compounds this issue. This regular turnover contributes to the vulnerability of institutional knowledge and may reduce the efficacy of these operations as a whole. As a result, facilitating the transfer of knowledge presents a major challenge for mining operations and their human resource departments. This paper demonstrates the potential for technological solutions – in particular, e-learning software – to mitigate the impact of personnel changes in mining. It shows how e-learning creates knowledge redundancy, eases knowledge transfer, and contributes to a continuity of institutional information as junior personnel move into key roles at mines.

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