Ready, Set, Hire: Mining Essentials program graduates are optimal candiates for employment
Mining Essentials: A Work Readiness Training Program for Aboriginal Peoples, enhances relationships and cooperation among Aboriginal communities, educators and industry by supporting training and hiring goals outlined in many formal and informal agreements (i.e. IBAs).
Mining Essentials is the only pan-Canadian work readiness program for Aboriginal peoples in mining. The program aims to ensure Aboriginal peoples have the essential skills and workreadiness training needed to enter mining and to provide industry with a local, employment-prepared workforce.
Developed in partnership between the Mining Industry Human Resources (MiHR) Council and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the program curriculum is based on the essentials skills profiles developed by industry for entry-level work. Mining Essentials is unique in that skills are taught using workplace examples (scenarios, documents, etc.) and traditional knowledge methods (sharing circles, involvement of Elders, etc.).
The program provides 12 weeks of training delivered by a pair of qualified, MiHR approved instructors. To successfully complete the program, learners must pass quizzes, meet attendance requirements, complete a workreadiness skills checklist and develop a portfolio. The program is divided between classroom training and enrichment opportunities (i.e., on-site industry visits/work experiences, safety certificate training, environmental education, etc.).
During the 12 week program, trainers cover the following skills categories:
• DEMONSTRATE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
• DEMONSTRATE RESPONSIBILITY
• DEMONSTRATE ADAPTABILITY
• DEMONSTRATE WILLINGNESS TO LEARN CONTINUOUSLY
• VALUE SAFETY, HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
• DEMONSTRATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
• DEMONSTRATE NUMERACY SKILLS
• DEMONSTRATE COMPUTER SKILLS
• MANAGE INFORMATION
• DEMONSTRATE THINKING SKILLS
• DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO WORK WITH OTHERS
C) INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE
• DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF MINING SECTOR
• DEMONSTRATE CAREER AWARENESS FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY
*further details are available upon request.
The pilot stage of the Mining Essentials program ended in February. Learners have completed their training and 22 graduates are now optimal candidates for entry-level hires. These students are prepared and enthusiastic about opportunities in mining. By hiring these career seekers, your company will strengthen relationships with Aboriginal communities, increase workplace diversity and benefit from a pool of prepared and enthusiastic entry-level recruits.
To inquire about how your company can hire these exceptional and eager graduates today, please contact MiHR or the project pilot sites directly:
John DeGiacomo, Project Officer
Anishinabek Employment and Training Services
212 Camelot Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Toll Free: 866-870-2387
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Rob Maurer, Industry Liaison and Employment Advisor
Northwest Community College, School of Exploration & Mining, Hazelton Campus
4815 Swannell Drive
Box 338 Hazelton, BC
Tel: (250) 842-5291
Fax: (250) 842-5813
Toll Free: 1-877-277-2288
For more information on the Mining Essentials Program, please contact Melanie Sturk, Director, Attraction, Retention and Transition (MiHR) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Increase the awareness of the types of mining-related careers available in your organization and/or recruit from the first class of Aboriginal Mining Essentials graduates (including Grade 12 or Equivalency and other common core certifications) for projected employment opportunities.
The first annual Mining Career Fair provides opportunities for employers to connect with our First Nations Mining Essentials graduates through the following activities:
• Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm for up to a 15 minute Video Conference/Skype connection at Confederation College Marathon Campus and/or
• Thursday March 24, 2011 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for table discussion/exhibit space at the Moose Hall in Marathon