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TRAINING: NORCAT launches two new experiential programs



Norcat’s Underground Centre is built is Falconbridge’s former Fecunis mine and teaches next-generation technologies and skills.

TORONTO – NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services, launched two new, hands-on and experiential training and development programs to prepare the global mining workforce for the “new world of work”.

These new program, which will provide opportunities for both new and existing workers, were developed based on feedback from Norcat’s global mining partners that identified the need to provide workers with the skills and confidence to implement, operate, and manage emerging technologies that are being adopted by and transforming the global mining industry.

The two new programs are delivered through a combination of hands-on, experiential training at the NORCAT Underground Centre and instructor led classroom-based learning. The first new program provides fundamental skills training on the operation of tele-remote and autonomous vehicle technology while the second program focuses on understanding underground communication systems and IoT (internet of things) technologies.

“Our investments in new technology enabled methods of training and development, combined with the development of new training and development programs, demonstrates our understanding that the new world of work in mining requires a new world of training and development,” said Jason Bubba, Norcat’s director of training and development.  “In launching our new training programs and supporting technologies, NORCAT continues to engage, educate and strengthen the future mining work force in order to meet the human capital needs of the global mining industry.”

NORCAT debuted the new training and development programs and new learning technologies at the PDAC 2018 in Toronto. Live demonstrations will included the latest in mine skills training technology including AR, VR, interactive multiplayer avatar-based training, incident re-creation, and digital safety systems.

Additional information about Norcat’s Underground centre is available at www.NORCAT.org/underground-centre/.