“Once you train somebody they are able to go anywhere.”
Fourteen more Inuit are now on the payroll at the Mary River mine, working as apprentice trades assistants.
For six months, these new apprentices will job-shadow carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders and the like at the North Baffin mine, owned by Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.
When they’ve finished, they’ll be able to write their trades entrance exam.
“Pending successful enrollment in their respective trades programs they will become full-time, permanent apprentices at Baffinland,” QIA said in a March 6 release.
The new apprentices are fresh out of the Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership,or “Q-STEP,” a program launched last fall by the mining company and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
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