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Workforce Development Challanges

  • 11 Feb 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sheraton Tucson, 5151 E. Grant on the northeast corner of Grant & Rosemont


  • Member of SME Tucson that reserves by the deadline.
  • Not a member to SME Tucson Section
  • Must be a current UA mining student and member of UA SME.

1 registration per individual. Please enter full first name, last name, and company - these will appear on your badge as entered.
Join us as Jessica Elzea Kogel presents Workforce Development Challenges - Managing Through Boom and Bust Cycles for the Long Term

Sponsor: Geotemps, Inc.

The global mining industry faces a number of emerging workforce trends some of which are related to management practices adopted in response to boom and bust cycles. Over the long term, these management practices have led to a smaller pool of qualified industry professionals. For example, a significant shortage of mining engineers and geologists is expected over the next 10 years. This shortage is due in part to the mining workforce reductions in the 1980s downturn. Another trend is that today’s workforce is increasingly dominated by younger, less experienced workers. A third is that the workforce is increasingly weighted towards contractors versus permanent employees. Industrial minerals companies are generally less sensitive to the boom and bust cycles that drive employment practices for much of the mining industry. However the sector is not entirely immune to them. Aggregates companies recently experienced significant layoffs due to the poor US economy. The industry recognizes the importance of investing in future workers and is adopting work force management strategies focused on developing a stable and well trained talent pool that can be sustained through industry downturns.

Registration Deadline is 12PM on Friday before dinner:

Include for EACH Person (badge will be printed as provided):

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Location: Sheraton Tucson at 5151 E. Grant -- northeast corner of Grant & Rosemont. Use Conference Center Entrance on west side of the hotel.


$27 SME Tucson members who reserve by deadline.

$35 non-members who reserve by deadline.

Add $3 to above ($30/$38) for late RSVPs if space allows.
Free for current UA mining students who are UA SME members.
Payable at the door by cash or check payable to SME Tucson
Cost does not include bar drinks. Cash bar is available.

Cancellations and No Shows: Please call or email by the registration deadline to cancel.  If you do not cancel your reservation by the deadline, SME is still required to pay for your dinner and you will in turn be billed. Thank you.

SME Tucson Section
PO Box 65931
Tucson, Arizona 85728
(520) 314-5066
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