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Success Story: Putting a female face on aboriginal recruitment in the mining industry

When Yvette Mattawashish was eight, she remembers playing in the ditches along the roads of her native Mistissini, a James Bay Cree reserve 900 kilometres northeast of Ottawa. “I used to crawl in the tunnels they’d dig to put in

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Training First Nations Groups for the Mining Industry

According to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, one out of two current industry workers must be replaced in the next decade. Addressing the human resources challenge will take a large and coordinated effort by industry, educational institutions and all

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Global Business Reports: Interview with Kyle Downie GBR Connect Series SkillPlan is a not-for-profit organization with more than 20 years of experience providing consulting services to improve the essential skills of workers in the mining and construction industries. Could you provide an introduction to your company and

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Mentorship Programs During Technical Training to Benefit Industry

Learning on the job through a mentoring program is one way for workers to gain immediate, applicable job experience. Having this type of on-the-job training in place at the company encourages less experienced workers to take charge of improving their

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Mentorship Programs to Improve the Skills of Workers in Mining

SkillPlan has been working with companies such as Xstrata and Goldcorp to develop customized training for their employees. Our workplace educators mentor instructors working for mining companies on how to design and develop training that addresses skill needs of workers

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Training that Prepares Aboriginals for Numeracy Tasks in Mining Occupations

People became curious when they saw our class holding measuring tapes up to windows, display cases, and benches. One staff member at the training centre asked, “What are they studying?” When we told her the answer, she took out her

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Essential Skills Training and Non-traditional Careers for Aboriginal Women

Aboriginal women should be considering careers in construction and mining, despite the perception that these are mostly male-dominated industries. Aboriginal women who are taking essential skills upgrading courses to prepare them for technical training in construction and mining-related occupations are

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Essential Skills Training with the Cree Nation

Students who have taken SkillPlan’s Essential Skills training for Mining Program in Quebec have shown engagement because of the relevance of the program content to their future choice in occupation. Learning a skill that has instant application is a guarantee

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Profiling the Essential Skills of Mine Workers for Goldcorp

“It was exciting to profile Essential Skills for occupations at the Porcupine Mine and learn about how the entire process works. I am looking forward to taking the customized Essential Skill Profiles and using them to develop training at the

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