Authors: Le Roux, KA; Jung, JD; Greer, S; Crofts, N

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Le Roux, KA, Jung, JD, Greer, S & Crofts, N 2023, 'Geotechnical practitioner skills assessments: a case study in evaluation and data use for targeted upskilling ', in PM Dight (ed.), SSIM 2023: Third International Slope Stability in Mining Conference, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 685-694,

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In 2020 a comprehensive capability and skills assessment was undertaken for geotechnical practitioners across Rio Tinto businesses. The assessment included over 20 areas of geotechnical skills including field-based skills, characterisation, data analytics, modelling, and even communication and business aptitudes. Rankings were done by the individual and their leaders on a 1 (basic knowledge) to 4 (mastery) scale. The result was a comprehensive dataset on skills and skills gaps for individuals, entire teams and globally across Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto Iron Ore then utilised this data in 2021, with the support of business leaders, to establish upskilling, learning and development initiatives for its teams. This paper details the foundational work in establishing which competencies are important for which roles. It then demonstrates the process of using the data and results to drive actions in an effort to uplift large groups of practitioners via on-the-job exposure, industry leading learning courses and targeted training.

Keywords: skills, capability, business strategy

Rio Tinto 2020, Capability Playbook and Skills Cards 2020, Rio Tinto, internal memo.
University of Arizona ca. 2021, Water in Slopes Course, University of Arizona, Geotechnical Centre of Excellence, Tucson.

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