Case Study: Women-Focused Training and Education
Our diversity strategies extend to local employment with specific, targeted programs to promote underrepresented groups. At Puna Operations, our training program for female heavy equipment operators was extremely successful. Many of the women, who may not have driven motorized vehicles of any kind before entering the program, are now operating trucks and other heavy equipment. Fully 30% of the 180 new hires were women from local communities.
In Saskatchewan, our Community Partners Scholarship program was established to support women in the Lac La Ronge Indian band and the Peter Valentine Cree Nation, in partnership with the RBC Foundation and the Government of Canada’s INDSPIRE program.
In Nevada and British Columbia, we are encouraging gender diversity in mining through scholarships: the first “Women in Mining Scholarship by SSR Mining” at the Colorado School of Mines was awarded in 2019, and the first “SSR Mining Award for Women in Mining Engineering” at the University of British Columbia will be awarded in 2020. Each award is for CAD$20,000, to support a female mining engineering student in advancing her future career.
Puna 30% of the 180 new hires were women from local communities