Internationalising training in the mining sector to ensure sustainability in resource management (TRAIN@MINE)
Project period: 09.2012 - 08.2015
Like most countries with large natural resources, Vietnam faces a high demand for qualified labour in the mining sector. At the same time, professionals in the mining sector lack innovative engineering know how and technical experience. In order to meet the ambitious target of becoming an industrialized nation by 2020, Vietnam needs to train its workforce to cope with the challenges in terms of efficient resource management, environmental management and safety standards just to mention a few.
These challenges are addressed by the TRAIN@MINE joint research project through developing and implementing suitable training tools for the Vietnamese mining sector, based on an extensive analysis of all relevant conditions. To support the transfer of German know how, the project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The project is carried out by a German project consortium consisting of Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG), RAG Mining Solutions GmbH and Emscher Wassertechnik GmbH which are all leading companies related to mining and environmental issues. They boast high standards in environmental and labour protection and possess state-of-the-art know how in the field of open-pit and underground coal mining, water and environmental management. In addition, the University of Leipzig will provide scientific assistance in the field of services management. The main project partner in Vietnam is VINACOMIN, the largest mining company of the country.
Both the Vietnamese and German partners agreed to develop and implement a joint project which is geared towards transferring the German best practices in mining, resource management and occupational safety to Vietnam in the form of adequate training and consulting.
Based on the experience of the Vietnamese mining sector, the transferability of the developed training system for the mining sector will be investigated.
Partners in the German Project Consortium
All partners of the German project consortium possess extensive experience in their fields and apply the highest standards in the field of production, environmental protection, occupational safety and resource management.
Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG)
The lignite mining company MIBRAG was incorporated in 1994 and has been one of the Germany’s top three lignite producers ever since. Out of the company’s approximate 2000 staff, 160 are trainees. Annual production of raw lignite reaches approx. 20 million tonnes. Apart from two opencast mines, the company operates beneficiation facilities. MIBRAG is a competitive company with highest standards in environmental and labour protection, an innovation driver and a reliable partner for the region. To the large extent, this is due to the continuing training and development of managerial and technical staff and the company-owned training facility for qualifying young skilled workers.
RAG Mining Solutions GmbH (RAG MS)
RAG Mining Solutions is a high-tech underground mining company. The company has around 50 employees and provides services as underground mining, management, engineering (incl. consulting and training services), as well as integrated marketing of used mining equipment. RAG MS possesses highly valuable mining knowhow and has extensive international project expertise (China, Russia, Vietnam, etc.). The company falls back on the long-standing mining expertise of the parent company RAG Aktiengesellschaft which manages all German underground coal mining activities since 1998 and represents a group of companies with approximately 20,000 employees.
Emscher Wassertechnik GmbH
Emscher Wassertechnik is a 100% subsidiary of Emschergenossenschaft, the largest autonomous German wastewater association, located at the heart of the largest mining area in Germany. Emscher Wassertechnik is a modern service company specializing in water and environmental protection, offering excellent engineering expertise with a wide choice of services and application of interdisciplinary methods of operation. The company has many years’ experience in the national and international markets. The scope of services in the field of water includes management, operational services, engineering and organizational services as well as training for water management, including wastewater treatment, groundwater, and water courses.
University of Leipzig
Founded in 1409, the University of Leipzig covers 145 degree programmes with more than 28,000 students. The Faculty of Economics and Management Science offers undergraduate and graduate courses of Management Science, Economics, Business Information Systems and Business Education and Management Training. The faculty has extensive contacts with European universities and collaborates successfully in the ERASMUS programme of the European Union. The Chair of Service Management at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science provides comprehensive knowledge in the field of services management as well as experience in application of empirical research methods. Moreover, it carries out pricing and strategy consulting projects for companies in various industries. The Chair conducts international research cooperation with the University of California Davis, University of Maryland, Northwestern University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
Websites of our Partners (Vietnam)