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TRAINING: Partnership creates school of hard rock mining



TIMMINS, Ontario – Northern College, Haileybury School of Mines has a new initiative underway; the creation of a Northern School of Hard Rock Mining, offered in partnership with Glencore’s Kidd Operations. One of the first programs offered through the partnership will include a modular training program to individuals wanting to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be an underground hard rock miner.

The underground hard rock miner Common Core program will be delivered at the 2400 training level at the Kidd mine site in Timmins and will cover the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Underground Hard Rock Miner Program #770010. Training will consist of four mandatory Common Core modules, along with up to nine other modules.

“Our partnership with Kidd Operations allows us to provide, where applicable, both trainer and employer modular sign-offs in order for the participants to receive their Common Core modules as registered with MTCU Apprenticeship Branch Modular Training Division” says Christine Heavens, executive director, community, business development and employment services at Northern College.

As added value, participants will also earn post-secondary credit that can be applied towards the online mining engineering technician diploma program at Northern College or other post-secondary programs.

This 12 week program will total 580 training hours, including first-hand experience gained by embedding students into operational crews and following production schedules. The first intake for the program is open with a start date in April of 2016. Regular intakes will continue throughout the year.

Interested students may apply RESP’s to the program costs. The program also presents an opportunity for those who qualify for second career funding or, with a promise of, or with secured employment, employers may apply for funds through the Canada Ontario job grant.

For more information about how you can register for the Northern College’s underground hard rock miner Common Core program, contact Northern Training Division by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 2174, or by email at hardrockminer@northern.on.ca.


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