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Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training Program celebrates graduation and completion of third training course

Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training Program celebrates graduation and completion of third training course Samantha Ussak, Training and Employment Coordinator

Arviat, Nunavut (26 Oct 2012) – On Friday, October 26 2012, the community of Arviat celebrated the successful completion of the third Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training (ADDT) course. Ten students completed the training program, which included both classroom and practical components on the Hamlet of Arviat’s diamond drilling rig.

The current course began with twelve students and had ten graduates. Nine of the students were from Arviat, two from Rankin Inlet, and one from Coral Harbour. Clarissa Ussak of Rankin Inlet became the second female to graduate from the program.

“Whereas previous intakes of the course had about 30-35 applicants, this intake had 75 applications from all over the Kivalliq region. So it’s obvious that word is getting around and that demand is high for this course,” said Keith Collier, Community Economic Development Officer for Arviat.

This course is the only offering of the ADDT program for 2012-2013. “We ran into some problems last year trying to run the program in the winter months, mainly blizzards and travel delays, so the instructors from Northern College, our training partner, recommended we avoid training in the coldest months. There were some scheduling conflicts with Northern College’s drill training program at Kirkland Lake this year, and with the Kivalliq Mine Training Society essentially defunct for this year, securing the funding for even one course was a challenge,” said Mr. Collier. “But, given the continued level of demand and industry support, we’re committed to running this course again next year in 2013-2014.”

Partners for the ADDT program include the Hamlet of Arviat, Northern College of Ontario, Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd., Orbit-Garant Drilling, Boart-Longyear Drilling, the Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Nunavut Arctic College, and Kivalliq Partners in Development.

Northern College and its Haileybury School of Mines are again proud to be involved with this partnership which will benefit the lives and livelihood of the people of Nunavut. “We are always amazed to see the transformation of our students involved in skill programs. They become aware of the capacity of creating a career for themselves through their training delivered by industry experts and the end results are not only a job but an increase in their self-confidence and hope for the future. ” states Rose-Lyne D’Aoust-Messier, Training Consultant from Northern College.

“The Hamlet of Arviat continues to work to ensure our community benefits as much as possible from the mining activity in the Kivalliq region and across Nunavut,” said Arviat mayor Bob Leonard. “We will continue to promote training and employment for Arviat and build on the success we have had with the Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training Program.

Without proper training and a focus on education, it’s not possible to take advantage of all the opportunities that mining is bringing to the territory and our community. Training programs like this are an important part of our economic development strategy, and crucial to helping ensure a prosperous future for the community of Arviat.”

The graduation ceremony, held at Mark Kalluak Community Hall in Arviat, included a traditional performance by Arviat Qiggiqtiit, thanks and congratulations from Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard, and messages of support and congratulations from Arviat MLA Dan Shewchuk, Agnico-Eagle Mines and Northern College. The students were presented with their graduation certificates by the instructors from Northern College, Dan Larson and Bill Krakana.

“The ADDT program continues to be successful, and it is an important economic development activity for the town. It leads directly to employment for Arviat and Kivalliq residents, and ensures that our community is able to fully participate in the mining industry,” said Keith Collier. “We’ve had good results in terms of jobs with our previous graduates.

A great example is Hunter Tattuinee from Arviat, who graduated from the course in April 2012, and so impressed his superiors on the job over the summer that the instructors requested him as their assistant instructor. We expect that our current graduates will continue to find employment, and enjoy long, rewarding careers in the mining industry.”

Several graduates of the program have already been offered job interviews.

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