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NEWS: Nunavut January 23, 2014 - 8:14 am

Welding program in Arviat follows diamond-driller training success

Hamlet partners again with Northern College to offer trades training

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Keith Collier, Arviat’s community economic development officer, said the best way to train local people for the mining industry is to develop partnerships with industry, government and schools like Northern College in northeastern Ontario. (FILE PHOTO)
Keith Collier, Arviat’s community economic development officer, said the best way to train local people for the mining industry is to develop partnerships with industry, government and schools like Northern College in northeastern Ontario. (FILE PHOTO)

Northern College, a trade school some 1,600 km southeast of Arviat in Kirkland Lake, Ont., has partnered with Arviat again to offer a welding readiness program right in the Kivalliq community.

“The eight-week trade readiness program will prepare students to work as welder helpers in both the mining and construction industries,” said a Jan. 20 news release from the college.

Northern College partnered with Arviat to offer a diamond driller assistant program in 2011 and 2012 and it was the success of those programs that prompted leaders to seek out other trades training opportunities, the release said.

Since 2011, the program has produced 43 graduates who are qualified to work as surface diamond-driller helpers.

In fact, Arviat has been very active in trying to get young people trained so they can get into decent paying jobs.

“The Welding Trade Readiness program has been developed in direct response to the demand for welding helpers for a variety of projects scheduled to start in Nunavut in 2014, including Agnico-Eagle’s Meliadine advanced stage gold project,” the news release said.

Keith Collier, Arviat’s community economic development officer, says the best way to deliver these highly specialized training programs is by developing partnerships with industry, government and schools like Northern College.

“Northern College is gaining a reputation for good programs and excellent instructors in Arviat, and the hamlet looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Northern College in the future,” Collier said in the release.

According to Collier, Agnico-Eagle has already agreed to hire three of the course’s graduates.

Recently, the college was invited to join the Arviat Training Initiative Advisory Group to help develop programs that dovetail into Nunavut’s mining industry. The college also helped the hamlet build a welding lab where students will learn their trade.

“As an educational institution, responding to community need is essential in achieving our goal of success for all through learning and partnerships,” said Fred Gibbons, president of the college. “This philosophy guides our interactions with industry and educational institutions not only in northern Ontario, but throughout Canada [and] around the world.”

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