External Drivers Shaping the Future of the Mining Industry and Implications for Skills & Community Resilience

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Previous research in this series showed that the real skills challenge was not just about technology but also about the cognitive skills (leadership, creativity, problem solving, etc.) needed for the future of work. This second piece of research has identified critical external drivers – such as climate change, the critical minerals rush, geo- and socio-political instability – outside of the industry’s control that will shape how mining operations are developed and managed in the future. 

The impacts of these challenges on community resilience require that companies integrate social performance approaches, such as skills programmes, within wider business strategy. This is at the heart of continuity of operations, which in turn will inform access to capital, and increasingly share price and revenues.