Mine workers on a jobsite

Recruitment Workshops Connect Communities With Opportunities

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December 5, 2018

“Discover Your Potential,” invited advertisements across several communities as a partnership from public, private, and non-governmental organizations hit the road for recruitment workshops.

The travelling team ran workshops and seminars sharing valuable job search, workplace, and business development skills designed to help community-members better capitalize on the opportunities in the NWT’s mining industry, and arising from the economic activity it generates. 

These sessions were run in partnership between the GNWT, De Beers, and the NWT Mine Training Society — each bringing their own areas of expertise to the table and sharing with attendees.

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GNWT departments shared what they had to offer communities — including training and education programming; business development funding like Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED); and public health services offered by the territorial government.

De Beers shared insights on building good resumes, preparing for interviews, and navigating online application and security clearance processes. Their material was developed in consultation with other local operators to ensure the material was relevant.

The Mine Training Society gave information on the range of programs they offer to get community members trained up for in-demand positions in mining and geoscience.

 “This was a really successful, well-attended run of workshops,” says Dianna Beck — a specialist in socio-economics for the GNWT’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. “It was great to help connect that enthusiastic audience with opportunities to help them and their communities thrive.”

These procurement workshops are delivered as part of the Socio-Economic Agreements negotiated with operating mines in the NWT. Socio-Economic Agreements are tools to help communities across the NWT benefit from mining with diverse career, education, and training opportunities.

Workshops were held in the following communities:

  • Fort Smith
  • Fort Resolution
  • Łutselk'e
  • Behchokǫ̀