Case Study 05:
THE ISSUE: In a world where demand for mining professionals is high, and supply is low, companies compete on a global basis for talent. How can a company increase its competitive edge for attracting the best talent among new graduates in engineering and other mining related disciplines, while also “fast-tracking” the development of high potential employees?
THE KINROSS WAY
Kinross has taken a multi-pronged approach to meeting its recruitment challenge, including development of an employment brand centred on our values and the Kinross Way, enhancing our relationships with key universities and creating and leveraging local job skills development programs.
A key strategy both for recruiting and leadership development is our successful Generation Gold program, which gives top-calibre new and recent university graduates four years of cross-functional experience throughout Kinross’ operations, projects and corporate functions around the globe. Each participant’s experience is individually tailored to expose them to critical areas of our business. The inaugural group of participants (from 2007) graduated in 2011 and all of the cohort have transitioned into full-time positions at Kinross. Based on the success of the program, we have expanded it to include participants at the regional level.
Gillian Gardhouse's experience is typical of that provided by the program. She began her Generation Gold experience at Round Mountain in Nevada, learning about the practical side of the mining process after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering at Queen’s University. In her second rotation, Gillian transferred to the La Coipa mine in northern Chile. Stationed at an elevation of about 4,000 metres, Gillian was able to gain valuable experience in a different environment and mine, working with the small geology team to update the geological model of the deposit and generate three-dimensional models. She also began learning Spanish, which she honed at her next rotation at the Fruta del Norte project in southeastern Ecuador. There she was able to expand her skill set, working on an underground development project rather than an operating mine. Gillian’s last rotation was the Chirano mine in Ghana. She worked with the geotechnical engineering team to ensure all tunnels are safe and properly supported in the underground mines. After four years of diverse and unique work experiences, Gillian has been able to build her mining knowledge, learn a new language and experience different cultures through the Generation Gold program. Gillian recently assumed a full-time position with Kinross’ Technical Services group.