Rio Tinto joins leading industry organisations, form Geoscientist to Data Scientist pilot

By Dale Benton
Rio Tinto, along with a number of leading organisations across the mining and resources industry, has joined forces to create an industry skills program...

Rio Tinto, along with a number of leading organisations across the mining and resources industry, has joined forces to create an industry skills program designed to create “new value” through transformative content.

CORE Skills, the professional learning and development strand of the CORE Innovation Hub portfolio,  is equipping industry with the digital skills needed to transform roles of the future. A pilot program, called ‘Geoscientist to Data Scientist’ industry skills pilot program, will be delivered in 2018 to upskill both senior leaders and professionals in the mining and energy industries through customised, intensive 2-day executive and 12-week programs respectively.

CORE Skills is at the nexus of industry and academia. Positioned alongside Australia’s leading resources companies and universities, it creates skills pathways, harnessing the immersive culture of entrepreneurship, open innovation, collaboration and speed to market.

Foundation Collaborator Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury said “Rio Tinto is excited to be part of this innovative resources sector skilling collaboration. The CORE Skills pilot program speaks to our commitment to further develop our people and build on key competencies required for our business now and in the future. The program will help our people learn, innovate and share knowledge within agile and tailored programmes.” 

“We are inspired to forge smarter upskilling pathways to enable lifelong learners to remain adaptable and valuable” said Dr Sophie Hancock, Skills Catalyst and pilot lead. “We at CORE Skills believe that combining existing domain knowledge and company context with the right new skills will significantly empower individuals and their organisations to create and capitalise on new opportunities.”


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“CORE Skills offers a new way to meet industry needs for the skills of tomorrow. We provide a neutral platform to bring collaborators together to co-create programs focusing on the needs of mining and energy professionals. Our innovative, sector-specific education model uses problem based learning facilitated by experienced specialists. The Data Science pilot will enable learners to develop their skills by analysing and interpreting industry data and case studies across the value chain.” Dr Hancock continued.



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