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 through Diamonds Do Good Scholarships.

Now in their second year, the Diamonds Do Good Scholarships give back to the communities that are near diamond mines. The goal of the scholarships is to assist youth, 18-30 years of age in the Northwest Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut who are seeking additional training and/or education that is needed in their community.

  • Vocational training (One Scholarship) 
  • Entrepreneurial training for setting up businesses (One Scholarship)
  • Post-Secondary Education, with emphasis on STEM (Three Scholarships)

Each scholarship is $5,000.



Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of the Northwest Territories or the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut
  • Be between the ages of 18 to 30 at the time of application
  • Have been accepted into a vocational, entrepreneurial, or post-secondary education program
  • Submit a completed application form accompanied by:
    •  a letter explaining the need for a scholarship and how your training or education will benefit your community
    •  a letter of acceptance to a vocational, entrepreneurial, or post-secondary education program
    •  transcripts



Application forms can be downloaded here:

Deadline to apply is August 15th 2020.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee comprised of the Diamond Empowerment Fund and Mine Training Society representatives.

Scholarships will be awarded in September 2020.

Administration of the Scholarships is through 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