February 1, 2018
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is partnering with the NWT Mine Training Society, Aurora College, and members of the local mining industry to fill the need for qualified geoscience workers.
The Geoscience Field Assistant Training Program is a five-week, classroom-based course, which is followed by 160 hours of on-the-job training.
The course will be delivered by Aurora College with ITI’s NWT Geological Survey, the Mine Training Society, and the Chamber of Mines having assisted in developing the curriculum.
ITI has committed $12,000 in funding to get the equipment required to deliver the program.
Eight employer sponsors will be taking part in the program, with the Mine Training Society offering wage subsidies of $20/hour to employers for the on-the-ground portion.
“We see this program as an important stepping stone into an industry that provides interesting, well-paid work,” said Hilary Jones, Executive Director of the Mine Training Society. “It’s an excellent example of government, industry, and educational interests coming together to help working people get ahead.”
This program is one of many ways the GNWT is connecting NWT residents with the education and training they need to fill industry needs — an important pillar of the NWT Mineral Development Strategy.