METS Ignited sponsors Austmine's Innovation Mentoring Program

2 February 2016

Austmine announced METS Ignited as the Lead Sponsor for the first ever Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program.

Kicking off in February 2016, this program is unique, being the only innovation mentoring program for individuals dedicated exclusively to the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

Innovation is critical to the METS industry and will be instrumental to the sustainable future of mining. There is a need to foster individuals who truly embrace and champion innovation. In response to this need, Austmine has developed the Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program.

The program is designed to shape the numerous skills required for innovators to succeed in today's fluid market environment. The mentoring sessions will guide participants' general understanding of innovation, including ideation, strategy, commercialisation and implementation. Personal development, career enhancement and skills growth are the major goals of the program for participants and also for the mentors.

Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO of Austmine said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with METS Ignited on our inaugural Innovation Mentoring Program. This is an area that is critical to the future growth of Australian METS both domestically and overseas, and one that has been neglected for the last decade during the boom times. Our partnership on this program will help ensure its success and start a new innovation community that will help drive our sector forwards."

Daniel Sullivan, CEO of METS Ignited said: "METS Ignited congratulates Austmine for developing such an exciting program for the METS sector that encourages innovation at the executive level."

"A key focus for METS Ignited is to increase engagement and collaboration between the METS sector and mining industry, so we are proud to be supporting Austmine's Innovation Mentoring Program. This customised program will build important skills in areas such as commercialisation and accessing supply chains which will enhance industry capability. This is a positive move toward fostering a culture of collaboration which will help positon Australian METS at the forefront of global mining innovation."

METS Ignited and Austmine will work together to deliver a 6 month program that will see mentors and mentees working together to help address key challenges they face individually with driving innovation in the industry, their company, a particular project or within their team.

The program will finish with a networking function in Sydney for all participants to share feedback, ideas and strategies to improve the uptake of innovation in mining.