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    Date submitted
  • 29-Aug-2017

Women in mining

Abstract

The mining sector has had a poor record in attracting and promoting women, in part this is understandable: historically, mining was a male dominated industry that required physical strength. The skills needed in the mining sector today have changed dramatically, but mindsets have taken longer to shift. Women, as much as men, have needed persuading that mining is an attractive sector with lots to offer. I would love to increase number of women in mining and lead the progress to prove that women can succeed in building imterestaing and rewarding careers in mining. With that mind, I would like to launch scholarship in mining universities to encourage women into Mining and Energy. The project will support overall economic growth and create more education and career opportunities for women and young people.

Under the programme, the industry, the Polymetal and the authorities will cooperate to ensure that a new generation of citizens will obtain the necessary technical skills for success in the sector. Projects to come under this approach will aim to improve technical education related to natural resources. They will also address the problem of legal barriers that prevent women from competing for work on an equal basis in the sector, which often is the main employer in remote areas.

The project will introduce international best practices and address key sustainability issues, supporting the technological development of the mining sector and promoting its further transition towards a green economy.

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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Mining and other extractive and heavy industries, engineering services

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

The project will solve a problem of technical education related to natural resources and provide career opportunities for women and young people. Research on recruitment trends shows that, the universities do not have enough women engineers, geologists, surveyors, electrical engineers required by the mining sector. In addition, as soon as they graduate, women are quickly absorbed into the marketby the highest paying employer. For this reason, there is an urgent need for prior investment particularly in education in order to nurture interest in mining careers among young females at both primary and high schools levels.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

My project will provide a conceptual framework and a step-by-step approach to integrating women into mining and other extractive and heavy industries. It will also show how companies can increase the benefits that women and their families receive from these industries.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Under the programme, the industry, the Polymetal and the authorities will cooperate to ensure that a new generation of citizens will obtain the necessary technical skills for success in the sector. The mines need to continue cultural transformations at the workplace as well make mining profession attractive to women. Moreover, mines should invest at universities, target female students, and ensure that a bigger pool of women graduates is created over time.