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AusIMM leads conversation on future workforce with sold out conference

The Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM) held its inaugural Achieve and Inspire Conference on Friday 18 May in Sydney, leading the conversation on the resources sector’s future workforce, with a particular emphasis on diversity of thought and leadership.

The conference, hosted by the AusIMM Women in Mining Network, boasted a line-up of nine inspiring speakers who presented on leadership, technology, innovation, culture and diversity. The conference program, which was built around collaborative and inclusive sessions, empowered delegates to hone the soft skills needed by all resources professionals.

AusIMM CEO Stephen Durkin said that the groundbreaking one-day conference focused on the workforce of the future.

‘The Achieve and Inspire Conference gave an exciting vision of what the mining industry of the future is going to look like,’ Mr Durkin said.

‘By showcasing the skills needed for success in the resources sector, we are ensuring that we are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future. This will include professionals with a detailed understanding of robotics and automation, but who also understand the importance of a diverse and sustainable sector.’

Achieve and Inspire organising committee members Lynn Olssen, Michelle Lawson (Conference Chair), Subira Sharma, Ted Bradshaw and Fiona Robertson.

In her keynote presentation, Dr Ali Burston addressed the need for an agile sector to attract the next generation of resources professionals.

‘As mining leaders we need to adapt to a changing workforce,’ Dr Burston said. ‘We need to better understand the workplace priorities for millennials.’

Other keynote speakers included Lisa Barry (KPMG), Phil Duthie (GHD), Jamie Frankcombe (Whitehaven Coal), Chris Gibbs Stewart (Austmine), Marina Go (West Tigers NRL), Dr Vanessa Guthrie (MCA), Jacqui McGill (BHP), Tracey Waring (EY) and David Yeates (AusIMM).

The conference comes shortly after the launch of AusIMM’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion, which progresses initiatives to ensure the equality of opportunity for all members of the resources sector regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Michaela Healey, Founding President of International Women’s Forum, serves as the Council Chair and introduced the Council at the Achieve and Inspire Conference.

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