(CHILEAN MINING) Although it is not so strange to see a woman working in a mine, or even working as an operator of heavy machinery, even his attachment level is low. Reaches only 6% on average.
Given the complex situation of scarcity of qualified human resources in mining, the recruitment of women has become increasingly common. There are examples that highlight as is the case of Minera Gaby has 21% of women in the company, Carmen de Andacollo with 15% or 12% Esperanza.
To address this issue and clarify what the main opportunities to grow in the presence of women, the mining company Teck Quebrada Blanca, with the support of the Industrial Association of Iquique, conducted the second edition of the seminar “Opinion Leaders” where the keynote speaker was Alejandra Sepulveda, executive director of ComunidadMujer, who presented the topic “Women and Work: Challenges for Mining.”
The professional, said that today the industry has established itself as a challenge for the coming years, the percentage increase or even double it. “International studies show that women, in joining such sectors as mining, determine most affluent communities, which manage to fight poverty better and more investment in family, parenting and welfare of the family group, whole, “said Sepulveda.
Teck general manager, Carlos Ahumada, reflected on the complex context that Chile faces and the prospects for growth are emerging for our economy and the expected benefits it will only be a reality as you can count on human resources enough. “This premise is especially true for the mining sector, where investment projects are enormous. But the decision to grow, even with material resources to do so will not be possible without professionals, technicians and technical, to support it. Be thousands of jobs to be created and there on anyone. Far fewer women who, from a time now, we have changed the face of mining by providing, on an equal footing, creativity and dedication for the benefit of all. ”
The activity brought together about one hundred people, including local authorities and the Mayor of Iquique, Myrta Dubost, who said how the women will be key in the current growth being experienced by the regional capital. “Currently, we have a labor shortage, especially now looming large mining projects and real estate for the region. Women must seize these opportunities, train and take share in this growth. ”
Source / CHILEAN MINING