The Boréal program aims to help fill the labor shortage in the mining industry

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Collège Boréal has launched a new program aimed at filling labor shortages in the mining industry in Northern Ontario.

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Mining Potential is a 14-week work-readiness skills training program that includes a 165-hour instructor-led interactive theory component as well as 120 hours of enrichment activities. The program will be offered on the Sudbury and Timmins campuses beginning February 16, 2022.

Emphasis is placed on the training of women, young people and newcomers to the region.

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (HRiM), an independent, not-for-profit organization, developed the Mining Potential program to address the industry’s labor market challenges by helping prepare underrepresented groups to employment in the sector.

It aims to engage and empower women, youth and newcomers by exposing them to the mining sector through learning experiences, preparing them to enter the labor market. This customized training is part of Collège Boréal’s long tradition of offering condensed and targeted programs designed to meet the current needs of employers.

“The workforce needs more workers in the skilled trades,” said Julie Nadeau, director of business development at Collège Boréal. “I am delighted that Collège Boréal’s expertise in mining industry training can help fill this shortage.

“On a personal note, I’m proud to know that this affordable and accessible program aims to help women, youth and newcomers enter the mining industry, a profitable and strong sector that is thriving in the North. of Ontario.

Students in this program will learn the critical skills they need to enter the mining industry with an emphasis on safety, through hands-on activities and experience-based guidance from industry experts . The program was created to provide industry validated case studies, documents and standards. Upon completion, graduates will earn a certificate of achievement from MiHR and Collège Boréal, as well as Collège Boréal certificates such as WHMIS, CPR, Working at Heights, and Service Type Common Core.

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The labor shortage in the Canadian minerals and metals sector is a well-known problem that particularly affects Northern Ontario. To further stimulate student enrollment in the Mining Potential program, companies such as Newmont Corporation, Huron Mining and Lake Shore Gold have partnered with Collège Boréal to make this $250 per student program even more affordable and comprehensive. Newmont Corporation has signed on as a sponsoring partner, covering program fees for 10 students, while Huron Mining provides a third-party common core training, underground hard rock mine service-type core common core . Lake Shore Gold will provide site tours and opportunities for students to hear from guest speakers.

Bryan Neeley, Manager of Sustainability and External Relations at Newmont Corporation, said, “Newmont Porcupine is pleased to support the Mining Potential program which is being launched by Collège Boréal and MiHR this month, helping women, youth and newcomers to explore the mining field.

“We rely on our skilled workforce to keep our mines viable and having these types of programs is crucial to promoting the diverse careers this sector has to offer. We are a proud partner of Collège Boréal, because they help train the workforce of tomorrow.

Ryan H. Bowman