Gearing Up: Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning

Announced in the 2016 federal budget, the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program brings industry stakeholders together to create new work‑integrated learning (WIL) opportunities to better position students to secure employment in their field of study.

Gearing Up is the new WIL Program for Canada’s mining sector. Led by MiHR, Gearing Up will create 700 new WIL opportunities in mining over four years. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities such as co‑ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.

MiHR will work with a National Consortium made up of mining employers, service providers, industry associations and post-secondary institutions to implement program activities and inform how industry and education can work together more collaboratively through work-integrated learning.

Gearing Up WIL Opportunities in High Demand

We are accepting applications for WIL placements that begin in April 2020, and priority will be given to those placed on a WIL waitlist. We would liked to thank all of the companies who have enthusiastically participated since the launch of Gearing Up.

Gearing Up

Gearing Up will change the way students in mining-related post-secondary education programs perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand mining careers. If you would like to get involved in our Gearing Up program please send your completed application to

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