Multidisciplinary Pilot Courses

1st Pilot Course, August 2019

In Summer 2019, MINETRAIN launched the very first pilot training programme designed in the context of MINETRAIN for all those working in the mining industry and willing to enrich their understanding of the mining life cycle and value chain. The course included online teaching material and a one-week practical training in real-life conditions at the Pyhäsalmi Mine in Finland. The course provided trainees both theoretical and practical knowledge.

At the beginning of July, alltogether forty five (45) participants started with online course,covering topics on the whole mine lifecycle. Fourteen (14) people were then selected for the hands-on training week at the Pyhäsalmi mine site in August 2019.

The onsite week was structured to follow an actual project scheme that mining activities follow (mine value chain): the first day dealt with Health, Safety and the environment after which geology & geophysics, mining, mineral processing and finally mine closure and tailings management were addressed. The pilot course, both online and onsite, were taylored to be reasonable for all mining professionals regardless of their expertice.

After completing the entire MINETRAIN program, participants received a certificate of accomplishment.


Feedback

The course received the highest possible evaluations from the professional learners. In their written feedback, professionals emphasised the significance that the practical onsite training had for them:

a) it gave meaning to the theory - and, b)improved their understanding of their own roles in the bigger picture of mining at the various phases of the mine life.


Taking into consideration the overwhelming feedback and success of this first training programme, the consortium decided to launch a second pilot course in summer 2020. For more information click here.


Photos

An initial theoretical course of health & safety is mandatory before going underground
(G. Barakos, 2018)


Practical training of first aid in case of an emergency
(G. Barakos, 2018)


Demonstration of the drill cores and explanation how the exploration program works
(G. Barakos, 2018)


Walking towards the main shaft to prepare for the underground visit of the group
(G. Barakos, 2018)


Preparation of the trainees before going underground. PPEs are mandatory
(G. Barakos, 2018)


In front of the TIMO Shaft. Explanation of how the communication and tracking system works
(G. Barakos, 2018)


A group photo in front of an old jumbo at the repair station underground
(G. Barakos, 2018)


Explanation of the orebody at the main underground office at the level of 1,425m
(G. Barakos, 2018)


On-site detailed explanation of the drill&blast cycle
(Jari Joutsenvaara, 2019)


A stop to explain the excavation of development openings and their ventilation system
(Jari Joutsenvaara, 2019)


A group photo at the crusher facilities underground
(G. Barakos, 2019)


Inspection of the underground crusher in the mine
(Jari Joutsenvaara, 2019)


On-site visit at and technical description of the concentrator at the surface facilities
(Jari Joutsenvaara, 2019)


Monitoring of water wells around the tailings pond
(Jari Joutsenvaara, 2019)