The Mine Training Society
CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF HELPING NORTHERNERS
The Mine Training Society is a unique partnership between Aboriginal governments, public government and the mining industry. For more than a decade, our mission has been to support Aboriginal people and Northerners in finding long-term employment in the mining industry.
Since our inception in 2003, MTS has evolved into much more than a vehicle for delivering training programs. We evaluate, train and then place northerners in mining and mining-related jobs, and also provide hands-on mentoring and job coaching to our clients throughout their careers. Our relationships with our clients don’t end with graduation.
The Mine Training Society first arose from the Ministerial Ad Hoc Committee created to advise the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment as part of the development of initial diamond mine projects in the NWT. Since 2004, we have served over 1900 individual northerners with training and/or career counseling, and have placed over 830 of them in high-paying and fulfilling jobs.
Over the course of our existence, the Mine Training Society has been recognized for our work on several occasions, most notably receiving the 2009 Premier’s Award in Excellence in Collaboration from the GNWT, and the 2012 Special Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the mineral industry from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. We’re proud and thankful of this recognition of our hard work and dedication.
FUNDING FOR THE MINE TRAINING SOCIETY
Since 2004, the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) has provided MTS with approximately 50 percent of its core funding through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). This relationship has continued, with HRSDC providing support for the ongoing More Than A Silver Lining Project, signed in 2012, and via a new funding agreement completed in February of 2013.
MTS’s mining industry partners, including Diavik Diamond Mine Inc., BHP Billiton, De Beers Canada, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Procon Mining and Tunnelling and the Government of the Northwest Territories have provided special funding for MTS. We’d like to thank all of our partners for helping us to grow over the last decade, and look forward to the successes and challenges of the next.