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Mining Supervisory Skills Workshop

5 Day Training

Dates: 10 – 14 June 2024
Locations: The Capital on Empire, Sandton
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on request

Course Introduction

This 5-day Mining Supervisory Skills Workplace program is designed to equip current and aspiring supervisors in the mining industry with the essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead teams and manage operations within the challenging and dynamic environment of mining.


Through a combination of expert instruction, real-world case studies, and interactive exercises, participants will explore the multifaceted role of a supervisor, including key competencies required for success. From understanding management styles and team dynamics to mastering conflict resolution and driving continuous improvement, this course covers critical aspects of supervision tailored to the specific needs of the mining sector.


Course participants will gain a deep understanding of how to set performance standards, foster relationships, manage change, and promote innovation to meet organizational goals. The goal is to not only enhance the productivity and safety of mining operations but also to empower supervisors to be transformative leaders who can navigate and succeed in the face of industry challenges.

Course Objectives

Participants of the “Mining Supervisory Skills” course will:

  • Develop a robust set of competencies vital for effective mining supervision.

  • Learn to identify their personal management style and adapt it to optimize team performance.

  • Gain insights into forming and sustaining high-functioning teams in a mining context.

  • Acquire strategies for managing performance, giving constructive feedback, and enhancing relationships.

  • Explore practical change management techniques to smoothly implement new processes and technologies.

  • Master conflict resolution skills to maintain a harmonious and productive workplace.

  • Leave with a personalized action plan to apply their new skills in their roles immediately.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for a range of participants, including but not limited to:

  • Existing supervisors and forepersons in the mining industry looking to enhance their leadership skills and industry knowledge.

  • Aspiring supervisors who wish to step into a supervisory role equipped with the right tools and confidence.

  • Mining professionals responsible for team performance, including superintendents and line managers.

  • Human resources personnel and training coordinators working within mining organizations who aim to develop leadership pathways for staff.

  • Safety officers and compliance managers who play a role in overseeing mining operations.

  • Any stakeholder within the mining industry interested in understanding the leadership and management challenges and solutions within this unique sector.

  • The skills developed in this course will be valuable to anyone seeking to drive effective teamwork, navigate change, and promote excellence in mining operations.

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Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Day 1: Supervisors Role and Competences

Introduction to Mining Supervision

  • Overview of the mining industry and the supervisor’s role within it

  • Key responsibilities and expectations of a mining supervisor

Essential Competences for Supervisors

  • Technical expertise in mining operations

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Decision-making and problem-solving abilities

  • Safety management and compliance

Self-Assessment and Goal Setting

  • Identifying personal strengths and areas for development

  • Setting professional goals and plans for competency development

Day 2: Management Style/Team Working

Understanding Management Styles

  • Assessment of personal management style

  • Adapting management styles to different team dynamics

Team Building and Team Dynamics

  • The stages of team development in a mining context

  • Strategies for building cohesive and effective teams

  • Team diversity and leveraging individual strengths

Effective Communication in Teams

  • Communication channels and their effectiveness

  • Active listening and feedback techniques

  • Non-verbal communication and its impact on team morale

Day 3: Managing Performance & Relationships

Setting Performance Standards

  • Developing and communicating clear performance expectations

  • Aligning team objectives with organizational goals

Performance Appraisal and Feedback

  • Techniques for conducting effective performance reviews

  • Constructive feedback methods for continuous improvement

Relationship Building within the Mining Environment

  • Networking and building alliances

  • Mentorship, coaching, and developing others

  • Managing upwards: Interacting with higher management

Day 4: Change Management and Continuous Improvement

Principles of Change Management

  • Understanding the impact of change on teams

  • Strategies for managing resistance to change

Implementing Continuous Improvement

  • Techniques for identifying areas for improvement

  • Lean management and its application in mining

  • Case studies of continuous improvement in the mining industry

Innovation in the Mining Sector

  • Encouraging innovation within teams

  • Staying updated with industry trends and technological advancements

Day 5: Conflict Management and Resolution

Understanding Conflict in the Workplace

  • Types and sources of conflict in a mining setting

  • The cost of conflict to the organization and individuals

Strategies for Conflict Resolution

  • Conflict resolution styles and when to use them

  • Negotiation skills for win-win outcomes

Simulation and Role-Playing

  • Role-play scenarios based on common conflicts in mining

  • Group discussions and analysis of conflict resolution strategies

  • Wrap-up and Personal Action Planning


Review of key takeaways from the course

Development of personal action plans for applying skills learned

Course evaluation and feedback

Each day could include interactive components such as case studies, group discussions, role-playing, and simulations tailored to the mining industry to make the learning experience more engaging and practical. Additionally, it would be beneficial to include follow-up resources and support to ensure the continued development of supervisory skills after the course has concluded.

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