June 8, 2018
Photo Credit: Bill Braden / Mine Training Society
With maps, GPS and compasses in hand, the first-ever students of the territory’s Geoscience Field Assistant Training Program demonstrated their newly-learned skills to Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Wally Schumann and MLA Cory Vanthuyne earlier today.
During the visit, students were keen to share what they’ve learned and what they have enjoyed most so far. Putting their classroom studies and theory-based work to the test outdoors has been the biggest advantage, they said.
Adam Woogh, one of the trainers with Arctic Response explained that the students were one of the most engaged groups they’ve ever had for safety training, and that their level of commitment has been impressive.
Eight students were accepted into the program – five from Yellowknife, and one each from Łutselk'e, Tulita, and Behchokǫ̀.
The Geoscience Field Assistant Training includes five weeks of classroom learning followed by 160 hours of on-the-job training. They will be learning about basic geology, claim staking, prospecting, and wilderness first aid, amongst a variety of other topics.
The training opportunities don’t end there.
Minister Schumann spoke about the newly-available Prospector Training, which was announced yesterday, and there was great interest by the students to continue their learning and put some of their new skills to use.
MLA Vanthuyne has been an advocate for geoscience training and spoke to the group about how the skills they were building are both practical and transferable.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment’s NWT Geological Survey, the Mine Training Society, and the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines collaborated to develop the curriculum. The training is one of the ways that the Government of the Northwest Territories is fostering a skilled local workforce in the mineral sector.