Career Support

The Mine Training Society offers mentoring, job coaching and support at every level of your career path. Below, you'll find information about the many ways we can help you above and beyond our training programs.

Diamond Empowerment Fund

The Diamond Empowerment Fund was established in 2008 to assist youth in the diamond mining communities of the World. This fund is now available to youth living in the Northwest Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund has been established to give back to the communities that are within the geographical location of diamond mines. The fund has been established to assist youth in seeking additional training and/or education in the following fields:

  • Vocational training (for example, trades training, skills training) 3
  • Entrepreneurial training for setting up businesses 1 Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurial Training (BEST); Management Studies; NABE program; Maker Space; Entreprenorth
  • Post-secondary education 1 aim at high school students first year have to provide letters of acceptance (health care and mental health, addictions counselling)

The fund shall be made up of five $5,000 scholarships based on the following eligibility requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be resident of the Northwest Territories or the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut;
  • Be between the ages of 18 to 30 at the time of application;
  • Submit a letter explaining the need for a scholarship
  • Provide two references (either a teacher, former employer, band counsellor). Please note references from family members will not be accepted.
  • Provide letter of acceptance to vocational, entrepreneurial or post-secondary education or training.
  • Attend full time or e-learning opportunity
  • 70% on TEE, 70% overall average, proof of attendance
  • Transcripts

Date for awarding September 2019

Application deadline: August 15th 2019
Contact the MTS office for further information on applying.

Applicants are reviewed by the scholarship committee comprised of the Diamond Empowerment Fund and the Mine Training Society.

Aurora College - Essential Skills

Aurora College has developed courses to assist community residents to develop skills required in business. These include office skills and help developing a business plan to create a community business. These three videos show how the program works in different communities.

Job Coaches

The Mine Training Society currently has three Job Coaches in place, with more planned in the future. Their role is to provide one-on-one support, mentorship and career assistance to MTS clients at each new stage in their training and career. They are there to help you determine exactly what it is that you want out of your career, and how to get it.

Gilbert Lafferty WHO IS BASED IN FORT SMITH.  His phone number is 867-446-0915.  His email is

Alisa Blake at the Yellowknife office by calling her cell phone number 867-447-0912. Her email address is


Criminal Record Suspension

Most major mine operations require criminal record checks. If you do have a criminal record, however, this is not necessarily a bar to a career in the mining industry. The Mine Training Society can help you in the process of obtaining a  criminal record supension. Based on the information you provide, we will determine if you are eligible to apply for a suspension.

If you are eligible, the information we receive from the RCMP regarding your record will be used to request necessary documents from any court(s) involved in your conviction(s). Local police must be contacted to ensure there have been no incidents since your last conviction that could negatively impact your application.We will then submit your application to be reviewed by the Parole Board of Canada.


Financial Assistance

Individuals from NWT communities applying for training can access financial assistance. Assistance for accommodation, food, transportation, utilities, tuition and books can all be accessed from the Department of Education, Culture and Employment through the MTS.

Click here for the ECE student financial assistance handbook.

Click here for application forms for student financial assistance.


Career Centres

Fort Simpson ECE Service Centre

Phone: (867) 695-7332
Fax: (867) 695-7351
Box 740, Fort Simpson X0E 0N0.


Fort Smith ECE Service Centre

Phone: (867) 872-7425
Fax: (867) 872-4507
Sweetgrass Building, Box 1406
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0


Hay River ECE Service Centre

Phone: (867) 874-5050
Fax: (867) 874-5062
Courthouse Building
8 Capital Drive
Hay River, NT X0E 1G2


Inuvik ECE Service Centre

Phone: (867) 777-7232
Fax: (867) 777-7218
Mack Travel Building
2nd Floor
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0


Norman Wells ECE Service Centre

Phone: (867) 587-7157
Fax: (867) 587-2612
Edward G. Hodgson Building
Norman Wells, NT X0E 0V0


North Slave ECE Service Centre

Phone (867) 766-5100
Fax:  873-0423
Nova Court Plaza
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9