Navigating the Talent Shortage in Mining


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With over 40 years of experience in mining and metals, The Bedford Group proudly offers services in: Executive Search and Recruitment, Compensation Advisory, Board Diversification and Leadership Assessment.

Here are four ways The Bedford Group can help mining companies find top talent:

According to a report by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, Canada’s mining industry is projected to need almost 80,000 new workers by 2029 to replace retiring workers and meet the demand for new positions. However, the report also highlights that the industry may face a shortage of skilled workers in certain areas, such as geology, engineering, and trades.

To address this challenge, executive recruitment firms, like The Bedford Group, are playing an increasingly critical role in helping Canadian mining companies fill critical leadership roles. In fact, a survey by PwC found that 77% of executives view hiring and retaining talent as their most critical growth driver. Here are four ways that The Bedford Group can help your company navigate the talent shortage in mining:

1. Identifying, Retaining and Attracting Top Talent

We can help mining companies find and keep the best talent by connecting them with highly skilled professionals from diverse backgrounds. By working with us, mining companies can build a strong leadership team that is capable of meeting the needs of the industry, both now and in the future. This includes identifying and attracting new talent, as well as retaining existing talent.

2. Tailoring Recruitment Strategies to Attract Younger Talent

A large challenge facing the mining industry today is its ability to attract younger talent, particularly millennials and Gen Z. The Bedford Group works to support mining companies to customize their recruitment strategies to appeal to these younger generations, who may be looking for a more diverse and inclusive workplace, flexible work arrangements, and a sense of purpose beyond just earning a paycheck.

3. Identifying and Addressing Skills Gaps

We can help mining companies identify skills gaps within their organization and develop strategies to address them. By identifying the key skills and experience that are needed for success, mining companies can ensure that they have the right people in the right roles to drive innovation and ensure long-term success.

4. Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

We have the potential to play a crucial role in identifying and attracting diverse talent, which can help mining companies promote a more representative workforce. We are fully committed to diversity and inclusion. In fact, we have achieved a 30% diversity rate in our mining recruitment efforts and a 75% successful diversity rate in Board searches. Our approach aligns with the findings of the Mining Association of Canada, which suggests that prioritizing diversity can attract top talent and improve business outcomes.

Get in touch with us to discuss how The Bedford Group can help your mining company navigate the talent shortage and build a strong leadership team for the future.


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