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GNWT, Gahcho Kué Mine, and Native Women’s Association of the NWT launch Women’s Pre-Trades Program

Press Release

March 23, 2022

Building Forever: Women’s Pre-Trades Program is a partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories, Gahcho Kué Mine (De Beers Group and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.) and the Native Women’s Association of the Northwest Territories. This program will give women from the Northwest Territories (NWT) a paid opportunity to explore a career in a skilled trade.

To be eligible to participate in the program, participants must be female NWT residents (Canadian citizen or permanent resident aged 18 years or older) who are interested in the trades and have the drive, interest and attitude to succeed. Candidates will also need to pass security, medical and vaccination clearances. Potential participants will need to pass an interview.

Each participant will be paired with a Northern mentor (either a long-term employee or supervisor from Gahcho Kué Mine) for an 11-day paid work placement tentatively scheduled for May 2022. In addition to providing exposure to a career in the trades, the mentorships will also focus on building confidence, establishing work-life balance and ensuring that each participant feels safe and accepted while on site.

Building Forever: Women’s Pre-Trades Program will focus on designated trades available in the NWT such as Electrician, Millwright, Carpenter, Heavy Equipment Technician, Plumber, Parts Technician, Instrument Technician, and Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator. If participants have a preferred designated trade of choice, Gahcho Kué Mine will make every attempt to accommodate their requests.

After the 11-day paid work placement, successful participants will be asked to participate in an exit interview and encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship with Gahcho Kué mine. Gahcho Kué has created two apprenticeship positions for resident NWT women starting in 2022.

To apply for the program, please visit: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ni/AngloAmericanDeBeersGroup/4f89b448-72e0-4210-bc2e-f7c6025f4758-pre-trades-intern

Quote(s)

“This partnership is designed to support and encourage women in the NWT to pursue skilled trade jobs. Currently, women make up less than five per cent of trades apprentices in the NWT. I hope that this partnership between the GNWT, De Beers Group and the Native Women’s Association of the NWT, increases this percentage by equipping women with the tools, resources and confidence needed to begin a long-lasting lucrative career in the trades.

– R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

“We’re pleased to work with the GNWT and Native Women’s Association of the NWT on this initiative to support women in the trades. Gahcho Kué is committed to increasing the representation of women working at the operation. In partnership with the communities where we operate, it is our responsibility to protect the natural world and improve the lives of people along a diamond’s journey. ‘Building Forever’ – a blueprint for creating a positive and sustainable impact that will endure well beyond the discovery of our last diamond – is at the heart of everything we do.”

– Lyndon Clark, General Manager, Gahcho Kué Operations

“Working with the GNWT and the Gahcho Kué Mine on this initiative will support and empower Indigenous women and their families throughout the Northwest Territories. We look forward to seeing more of our clients entering into well paid careers in the trades.”

– Denise McDonald, President, Native Women’s Association

Quick facts

  • Six NWT female residents will be selected to participate in a paid 11-day work placement at Gahcho Kué Mine.
  • Each participant will be paired with an on-site mentor.
  • Building Forever: Women’s Pre-Trades Program will focus on designated trades available in the NWT such as Electrician, Millwright, Carpenter, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Plumber, Machinist, Cook, Parts Technician, Instrument Technician, and Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator.

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For media requests, please contact:

Public Affairs and Communications
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
[email protected]

Terry Kruger
Sr. Communications Officer
De Beers Group Managed Operations – Canada
[email protected]
Native Women’s Association
[email protected]

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