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Aboriginal learners complete Mining Exploration & Natural Resources Field Assistant Program

April 23, 2014

SMITHERS, BC-- Wet’suwet’en students and community members participated in a celebration of learning today, marking their completion of Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) Mining Exploration & Natural Resource Field Assistant program in Smithers, BC April 8-22, 2014 in partnership with TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Project.

The intensive program provides graduates with transferable natural resources field skills training in in a variety of natural resource industries including the natural gas industry. Coastal GasLink’s $239,000 contribution sponsored 22 seats in the program that helps build capacity in Aboriginal communities by removing barriers to training. Any unused funds from this program will be targeted toward future training opportunities.

“The program equips students with a transferable skill set that maximizes employment options for field positions in a variety of industries,” says NWCC President Ken Burt. “It offers capacity building opportunities for students in small communities and responds to industry needs across sectors.”

After its pilot delivery in 2014 with support from AMEBC, this versatile program gained traction through a remote delivery in Nunuvut in September of 2014 in partnership with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Mine Training Society of the Northwest Territories, and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. 

“This partnership was a great opportunity for us to provide training for local community members. The field work skills participants will take away are diverse and transferable, both for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project and for future work,” said Bruce Wells, Coastal GasLink VP, Project Development.

With Work BC estimating 19,900 job openings for the North Coast and Nechako Region between 2010 and 2020, NWCC SEM’s innovative field-based training model ensures students are job-ready upon graduation.

Phillistine Olsen was one of the graduates who participated in today’s celebration.

“The tools given in this program are preparing me for work as a field assistant for many industries because so many projects require this skill set during the preliminary and pre-construction phase,” says Phillistine.



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Sarah Zimmerman                                                                                         Tlell Glover

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