At a Glance
The scope and quality of technical and vocational training (TVET) programs—as well as the existence and quality of specialized national tertiary education systems emphasizing geology and engineering—largely determines whether the skills required by extractive industries are present in a country’s labor force.
Coordinated industry-government partnerships, particularly at the college level, are critical to the future of energy and mining in developed and developing countries alike.
To ensure interested nationals receive training as engineers and geologists, can build partnerships with or provide scholarships to universities in higher-income countries, or work alongside neighboring countries to develop regionally based university programs.
- Afghanistan Resource Corridor Skills Strategy Development Final Report (World Bank)
- Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action (National Research Council of the National Academics)
- Mapping and Analysis of the Needs for Petroleum Related Education in Tanzania (Farouk Al-Kasim, Siri Bjerkreim Hellevik, Prosper Ngowi, Harald Stokkeland, Karen Sund)
- Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A Study of Promising Models in International Development (Monika Aring)
- Flagship Report Paper Series, Paper 7: Leveraging Extractive Industries for Skills Development to Maximize Sustainable Growth and Employment (African Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
- Harnessing the Potential of Extractive Industries (International Labour Organization)
- Technical Vocational Education and Training in Mining Study Tour (Shingai Mutize)
- Industrial Training for the Extractive Industry Sector (Learn Corp International)
Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A Study of Promising Models in International Development
This report examines four approaches to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programs implemented in South Africa, ...
This resource delivers a brief overview of the resource corridor growth strategy launched by the World Bank, and the need to develop skills ...
This resource offers policy direction regarding the promotion of decent work in the extractive industries and the establishment of linkages ...
This report concludes a study tour focused on mining skills development, technical and vocational education, and training related to mining ...
LearnCorp International works collaboratively with stakeholders to determine region-specific training requirements and then establishes a ...
This report examines U.S. energy and mining workforce trends and issues, and proposes approaches to address crucial, emerging needs. Chapter ...
This report maps and analyzes the need for petroleum-related education in Tanzania. It provides an understanding of the gaps in the demand ...
To ensure that the skills required by extractive industries are present in a domestic labor force, the quality of general education for sustainable resource development is crucial.Important dimensions include the scope and quality of technical and vocational training (TVET) programs, as well as the existence and quality of specialized national tertiary education systems emphasizing geology and engineering.
Low-income countries face many challenges in their efforts to ensure access to jobs among the communities closest to mines or oil and gas operations, and the importance of basic literacy should not be underestimated. The presence of TVET skills is often identified as a key bottleneck in local hiring; in many countries, the quality of vocational education does not meet the standards set by extractive companies. This puts governments that have made concerted efforts to improve TVET training at an advantage; it suggests relatively shorter lead times for extractive projects in these countries, resulting in major savings and raising the attractiveness of the country for extractive industry investment.
National education policies favoring a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills are considered essential to meet growing demand for professionals in the oil and gas and mining sectors. All countries can benefit from identifying and communicating promising practices (as well as barriers) in the development of technical workforce with STEM skills needed by extractive industries.
Coordinated industry-education partnerships, particularly at community colleges and in the early years of higher education, are considered critical to the future of energy and mining in developed and developing countries alike. These partnerships are designed to create competency-based educational pathways to careers across the industrial sector. Alternatively, where investment in TVET training is insufficient, companies may set up their own training programs.