Training program

The Drift: New training program aspires to attract youth, women and newcomers to mining

Collège Boréal Sudbury will offer the Mining Potential program starting February 16

College Boreal offers a new training program designed to attract more young people, women and newcomers to the mining industry.

The Mining Potential program, created and delivered in partnership with the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), is a 14-week professional training program offered at the college’s Sudbury and Timmins campuses.

Following a hybrid online and classroom format, the course is designed to give participants a solid foot in the door to eventually find work in the sector.

The first cohort is scheduled to start on February 16.

Julie Nadeau, director of business development at Collège Boréal, said the project is an effort to reach demographic groups that might normally face more barriers to entering the sector.

“The primary focus of the training program is targeted at women, youth and newcomers for industry employers to improve people’s potential to find employment in the mining industry,” Nadeau said. .

The program includes 165 hours of classroom training, which will be delivered both virtually and in person by industry experts, as well as 120 hours of enrichment activities.

This will include mine site tours, hands-on activities and presentations by mining industry experts.

“We try to make it very interactive,” Nadeau said. “There are breakout rooms, there are activities, and there are guest speakers throughout these classes.”

Students will also receive instruction in various training courses typically required in the industry, including WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), CPR, Common Core Service, Lockout/Tagout, confined spaces and working at height.

Of the industry partners who have registered to participate, Newmontwhich has gold operations in Timmins and north of Thunder Bay, has signed on as a corporate sponsor and will cover program costs for 10 students.

Huron Mininga Timmins-based mining contractor, will provide common core training to a third party.

Timmins Gold Miner Gold from the shore of the lakean affiliate of Pan American Silver, will offer site tours and opportunities for students to hear from guest speakers.

“Newmont Porcupine is pleased to support the Mining Potential program which is being launched by Collège Boréal and MiHR this month, supporting women, youth and newcomers in mining exploration,” said Bryan Neeley, director of sustainability and external relations of Newmont, in a press release.

“We rely on our skilled workforce to support the viability of our mines and it is crucial to have these types of programs to promote the different careers this sector can offer. We are a proud partner of Collège Boréal, because they help train the workforce of tomorrow. .”

At the end, graduates will receive a certificate of completion from Boréal, as well as all their essential cards indicating that they have undergone specific training.

“It gives them a really good base to go out and find a job in the mining industry,” Nadeau said.

To be eligible for the Mining Potential program, participants must be at least 17 years old, have completed Grade 8 or equivalent, and pass an English proficiency test.

Boréal limits registration to 15 students on each campus.

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This isn’t the first time the Sudbury college has partnered with MiHR Council to deliver sector programs.

This collaboration is also behind Boréal’s Mining Essential program, which is a job readiness and job readiness initiative for Indigenous youth.

The program, which has been offered multiple times over the years, boasts a 92% completion rate and more than 30 students have received their certificate of completion, Nadeau said.

“So with the success of this program, RHiM approached us again to ask if we wanted to do a pilot project and start this new program, which is the Mining Potential program,” she said.

The program is offered through Boréal’s corporate training and continuing education division, which offers most of its training in English in order to reach a wider audience, Nadeau said.

Funding for the program is provided by the college and MiHR, which means registration fees are kept very low.

“The cost for students is only $250, and with all their certificates and training, it’s worth over $1,000 in training,” Nadeau said. “So…these learners have an advantage in following this.”

Boréal actively promoted the program to area school boards, the college’s newcomer division, several Indigenous communities, workforce planning boards, and chambers of commerce to spread the word. .

In early February, Nadeau said 10 participants had already signed up, a return rate. Nadeau said she was “pleasantly happy” to see.

If the program takes off, Nadeau expects Boréal to be able to offer the program three or four times a year.

Sudbury and Timmins were chosen as the initial host communities for the program because their importance in industry and related infrastructure aligns well with program objectives.

But Nadeau thinks the program could easily be expanded to other communities in the future.

“We need to have access to mine sites that are willing to allow certain site visits, but it’s certainly not limited to those two,” she said.

“It’s just something that we targeted as dominant areas in mining, which is why they were selected.”

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