Prerequisites for the creation of an international unified system for competence evaluation
Sustainable development of the world economy and civilization as a whole is impossible without sustainable development of the mineral - resources complex.
During the whole period of training people are tested for their knowledge, as well as application of their knowledge and data to theoretical rather than practical tasks. The only practical test of their competence is the one done by an employer who, except for safety-related issues, may apply different standards and framework requirements. This means that an accreditation system that is acceptable to one employer may not be acceptable to another.
This practice involves a high degree of risk for potential investors or business partners who have no guarantee of what they can invest in and, given that the organization's biggest asset is its employees, the investment prospects are not transparent. National or international standards of competence and a unified assessment methodology may limit and minimize this operational and investment risk.
The level of qualification of engineering personnel in the mineral –resources sector is an important indicator that determines the efficiency of companies' activities, the audit of the HR potential of public raw material companies should be open to stock market participants, for that reason it becomes necessary to implement a system of market-oriented audit for human capacity.
The mining industry is at the intersection of business and nature, so it is necessary to train mining engineers and develop their competencies so that they can use the latest knowledge and information in their work and apply the best practices in order to reduce risks associated with efficient raw material extraction, achieve economic benefits and ensure safe operations and to a greater extent in respect to the plan or agreement on corporate social responsibility required by investors and private equity fund managers.
Lack of qualified managers and specialists at the enterprises of the mineral-resources complex is not only a constraint on the development of national economies, but also one of the main causes of fatalities and large-scale pollution due to industrial accidents. The processes of globalization, rapid pace of technology development place ever-increasing requirements to the quality of labor resources, to their continuous qualification growth.
Currently, there is no international standard of competence by which mining engineers are evaluated and accredited. National competence systems are fundamentally different from each other, as are the methods used to evaluate candidates.
Under these conditions, it is necessary to bring together specialists and high leveled practitioners at to identify advanced engineering competencies in the mineral-resources sector and develop a unified international standard of competence for Professional Engineers of the mineral resources sector.