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Meet the Edumine team

AIG members benefit by having optional access to a dedicated Edumine campus which provides access to a broad range of self-paced, on-line continued professional development resources, in addition to discounted access to short courses delivered by Edumine at a number of locations or using a highly interactive on-line platform.

Meet the team who deliver these resources.

Katja Freitag

Vice President Education Solutions

Katja has both an academic background and more than 10 years’ experience in mining roles as varied as mobile equipment operator, process improvement superintendent, geotechnical services superintendent and management consultant. She leads the Edumine division which provides practical solutions to help companies meet their business objectives by developing their key asset – their human capital. Katja works closely with clients around the world to understand their training and professional development needs, and builds custom Edumine programs that close this needs gap.

Kim Adams

Business Development Manager

Kim is our HR Solutions consultant, with 14 years of sales (9 years of solutions-based B2B), 17 years of management, and eighteen years of training. With a keen awareness of the value in ongoing professional development being of benefit to both employees and employers, she works globally with educators and corporations to address all online learning and training needs.

Mat Tzetzos

Business Development Manager

Mat is a Business Development Manager at InfoMine. He has a background in Account Management and Technical Support and currently manages the relationships with Edumine’s existing corporate customers.

Matthew Boland

Customer Experience Specialist 

Matthew is a Customer Experience Specialist with Edumine. He has more than 10 years of experience in retail store management, sales, and customer service. Matt handles online course customer queries as well as managing the Live Chat on the Edumine website. He works with corporate, group and individual customers to ensure they get the most out of their experience with Edumine.

Nina Albrecht

Product Manager

Nina is the Product Manager for InfoMine’s professional development division, Edumine. She has a strong technical background with experience in support, sales and account management. She is responsible for driving the development of Edumine products with a focus on delivering a learning experience that delights our customers.

Beverlee Bishundayal

Principal Technical Writer

Beverlee is Edumine’s Principal Technical Writer. She is passionate about clear and concise writing. Beverlee is responsible for planning and managing the development, production and maintenance of online courses. By managing technical writers and editors, Beverlee strives for quality in our course content.

Member questions on how to access the AIG campus can be submitted by email.

Mineral deposit evaluation short course

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Are you heading to Vancouver for Mineral Exploration Roundup in January 2019?  Edumine are running a Mineral Deposit Evaluation in just prior to Roundup.

The course is for professionals with a basic understanding of mineral resource estimation and linear geostatistics. Over the four days, participants will learn about:

  • the mining project development cycle and studies that are carried out at different stages of the cycle (e.g. conceptual, pre-feasibility, and feasibility studies);
  • the fundamental concepts of controls of mineralization and the different styles of mineralization;
  • the importance of assay and geology field data quality and understanding of data through exploratory data analyses;
  • interpolation techniques, with focus on the kriging technique; and
  • resource classification and validation of resource estimation and reporting.
32 CPD Hours

Participants will also learn about software tools used in resource estimation. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers loaded with their preferred software application.

This is a highly interactive course where participants are encouraged to learn through discussion, group tasks, and quizzes.

At the end of the course, participants will have learned the procedures and best practices used in resource estimation, classification, and reporting mineral resources as per international guidelines.

More details regarding the course are available here.  AIG members receive a 10% discount on registration fees for this course.

Geoscientist unemployment essentially unchanged

The latest Australian geoscientist employment survey results show little change in unemployment and underemployment amongst Australian geoscientists in Quarter 3 from Quarter 2, 2018.

Geoscientist unemployment in Australia during the third quarter of 2018 was little changed from the previous quarter.  The unemployment rate fell from 8.5% at the end of June to 8.3% at the end of September.  Under-employment amongst self employed geoscientists also fell slightly, from 13.2% to 12.9% for the same period.

Geoscientist unemployment in Australia June 2009 to September 2018
Geoscientist unemployment in Australia June 2009 to September 2018.

Almost half (43%) of respondents reporting that they were under-employed said that they were achieving less than 25% of their desired level of self- employment, pointing to real unemployment and under-employment rates of 13.8% and 7.4% for the September quarter of 2018 respectively.

The survey results are interpreted to reflect anecdotal evidence of continued improvement in geoscientist employment in Australia throughout 2018, but the pace of improvement has been slow. 

“Employment conditions for geoscientists in Australia are showing very welcome, gradual employment but the rate at which this improvement is happening remains slow” AIG spokesperson Andrew Waltho said.  

State by state, unemployment fell in Western Australia and Queensland.  A small increase in unemployment was observed in NSW and the ACT, but significant increases in unemployment were evident in Victoria, where unemployment increased by almost 11%, followed by South Australia at over 9%.

Western Australia and Queensland unemployment June 2009 to Sep 2018
Western Australia and Queensland unemployment June 2009 to Sep 2018

“In the latest survey, 23% of unemployed and underemployed respondents lost employment during the past three months”.  “This was only slightly exceeded by the number of respondents re-entering the workforce” Mr Waltho said.  “A significant number of geoscientists appear to be caught in an employment revolving door” Mr Waltho said.

The proportion of geoscientists employed in mineral exploration during the September quarter increased, from 65.3% to 66.1% during the quarter; the highest contribution proportion of survey respondents engaged in mineral exploration of 66.9% recorded by these surveys in September 2012, suggesting that increased mineral exploration in Australia is making a difference, but at the expense of other fields of practice.  Little change was evident in employment in metalliferous mining and energy resource exploration and production.

The proportion of unemployed and underemployed geoscientists looking to leave their profession fell sharply from 4,2% at the end of June, to 2.6% at the end of September. 

“The decline in geoscientists looking to leave their profession must be seen as a positive sign” Mr Waltho said.  “These results are markedly down from the peak of 11.4% of unemployed and under-employed geoscientists looking to leave their profession recorded in December 2016” Mr Waltho said.

The proportion of geoscientists in full-time employment in the latest survey was 68.6%, well below the peak of 83.9% recorded in June 2014.  Part time employment provided 3.3% of jobs.  Some 28.1% of respondents identified as being self employed; up from 21.9% in the previous quarter and the low of 13.0% recorded in June 2013.  

“We have clearly seen a trend towards engagement of self-employed geoscientists as consultants and contractors by exploration and mining companies over the past four to five years” Mr Waltho said.  “This is reflected in data for employment and unemployment by years of experience, which points to almost half of unemployed geoscientists being the most experienced component of the workforce” Mr Waltho said.  

Geoscientist employment and and unemployment by years of experience.
Geoscientist employment and and unemployment by years of experience.

“Early career geoscientists are also experiencing difficulties getting started in the profession” Mr Waltho said.  “AIG is strongly focused on this issue with AIG’s National Graduate Committee working hard to improve opportunities for early career geoscientists through initiatives that, notably, include the Institute’s extremely successful mentoring programme” Mr Waltho said.

The next survey will open for contributions on 1 January 2019.

AIG Council Meeting 14 Nov 2018

These notes are provided for AIG members to foster engagement and transparency in AIG activities.  They do not comprise the minutes of the meeting.  Questions and comments are welcome.  Please contact any Councillor (listed on the back page of each issue of AIG News or Lynn Vigar, AIG Executive Officer (exec@aig.org.au).

Meeting Summary

Memberships for members who have not renewed for 2018-19 will lapse 31st December 2018. Any members who are unsure of their membership status can search their details on the AIG website. If your details do not appear, you are currently unfinancial and your membership will lapse. Please contact the secretariat office (aig@aig.org.au) or Lynn Vigar, AIG Executive Officer (exec@aig.org.au) to resolve this situation.

The Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC 2018) held in Adelaide during October operated at a small surplus. AIG is an AGC member society and contributed to the organisation of the convention.
Some 19 new applications for membership were approved.
Three applications for professional registration are in preparation for consideration when Council meets in December.

Council is aware that potential membership applicants, in rural and remote areas of Australia in particular, experience problems with obtaining supporters for applications. Please contact the secretariat office (aig@aig.org.au) or your state branch committee if you are in this situation.

Council approved the renewal of AIG’s dedicated Edumine Campus. AIG Graduate Members, Members and Fellows subscribing to the campus have access to a suite of high quality, on-line, self-paced professional development materials and webinars at a special enrolment fee. Council is also discussing using the Edumine platform to enable self-paced courses developed for and by AIG members to be delivered to a global audience using the Edumine platform. Edumine is moving to a “micro-accreditation” model under which individual, short, courses collectively contribute to broader recognition of continued professional development activities. Council endorse this concept, in preference to single, more lengthy courses that busy professionals may struggle to complete, and for which individual models may not address professional development objectives. All Edumine courses may be claimed by Registered Professional Geoscientists towards their annual CPD requirement.

Representation of individual sectors of the geoscience profession was discussed by Council in response to a Member’s letter expressing concern that geoscientists working in the public sector require better representation. Please contact the Secretariat (aig@aig.org.au) or any Councillor to participate in this discussion. AIG aims to represent all professional geoscientists working in industry, government, research and education in Australia.

The next Council meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Submissions for the January 2019 meeting should be received by January 2,  2019.