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Julian Smallshaw - The Importance of Investing in a Competent Workforce

Updated: May 31, 2020

The need to invest in a competent workforce has never been greater especially with changing technology and automation. In addition, an ageing demographic adds complications where a need to attract young talent is required. The objective of this short presentation is to demonstrate how instilling competence and upskilling the workforce through the use of knowledge, best practice and innovation can improve the performance of the mining sector and help attract younger talent in order to mitigate the effects of an aging demographic. An area of particular interest will be the integration into industry of coaching and mentoring from a professional Institute perspective.


Julian has worked in the extractives industry all his life. After graduating from the University of Leeds Mining Department with a BSc in Quarrying he focused on operational management. He ran a range of mineral extractives sites throughout the UK but more recently managed multi million tonne operations in the Middle East. Latterly he joined the Institute of Quarrying as Head of Educational and Standards working closely with stakeholders and educational institutions to develop and run a range a qualifications and training for the industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK; holds a Post Grad Diploma in Education and an OFQUAL Industry Expert (The UK Government Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

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