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Program training northwestern Ontario’s mining future – Timmins Today

Sioux Lookout partnership develops almost 230 workers for the resource sector

The organizers and trainers behind a northwestern Ontario program, geared to develop a homegrown mining workforce, are declaring it a “resounding success” after one year.

An April 8 news release said 227 students participated in the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Partnership, supporting the development of the Sioux Lookout Mining Centre of Excellence. The participants took part in workshops and programs, including surface diamond driller common core, AZ professional driver, environmental and field monitor, underground hard rock miner, mining essentials, and various customized trade programs.

An upswing in mining and exploration in the region prompted the skills training partnership with an emphasis on boosting Indigenous employment in mining operations. With funding from the province, the program was run through the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Economic Development Corporation. Instruction provided by Northern College’s Northern Training Division, the Haileybury School of Mines, and other mining mining organizations to support work placements.

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