Welcome to the latest issue of MINE Magazine.

This month, we investigate a new training programme in British Columbia, which could help futureproof the sector. The Mining Skills Roadmap sets out new training and skills practices, bringing increased digitisation to the sector, and could help meet the hiring demands of an industry where the overwhelming majority of new jobs are set to require, at minimum post-secondary education and training. 

This is also of particular interest for British Columbia, which has dramatically improved the productivity and profits of its mining sector in recent years. As the world’s demands for minerals shift, the province is investing time, money and effort into its mining industry, and could be primed to lead the world in a new generation of mining skills. 

Elsewhere, we consider some of the more compelling technological innovations in the mining sector. From advanced communication processes to remote control vehicles that can recover the remains of other machinery lost in mines, the sector has never been adverse to innovation, and new devices are becoming increasingly commonplace across mining.

We also ask what an unusually pure graphite product could mean for the future of mining, and assess the impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the global mining sector, as the one-year anniversary of the invasion approaches.

JP Casey, editor