Digitization, digital transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – this massive shift toward technology use sometimes feels like swimming in a sea of buzzwords. No matter what you call it, there’s no denying the implications digitization has on industrial sectors, and the mining industry is no exception.
There is a broad consensus across the industry that digital technologies are key to better performing mines – and some of the most successful mining companies are already taking on big, innovative projects.
But with this great industry outlook driven by digital transformation comes many challenges along the way, namely finding, training and attracting the workforce to support such a rapid shift.
Roles are shifting and what was once a desirable skillset in the mining sector may no longer be as valuable to an organization driven by smart machines and technology. Mining companies must shift their focus to better understand the needs of the organization, be willing to train seasoned workers to better support new technology, and also position themselves to attract new talent to fill in the gaps.