Industry Partner Hires All Northern College Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Grads Twice In A Row

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TIMMINS, ON: One of Northern College’s industry partners has hired all of the graduates from the two latest deliveries of Northern College’s Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program. Richmont Mines made offers of employment after the students completed the on-site portion of their training at Richmont’s Island Gold Mine in Dubreuilville, Ontario.

The two classes that received offers of employment from Richmont Mines completed their training in October, 2013 and January, 2014. A total of ten students graduated from these deliveries. The latest session started on February 28 and the next intake of the program is scheduled for May 28, 2014.

Northern delivers its 12-week Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program in Dubreuilville through a longstanding partnership with Richmont Mines. Students spend two weeks in an on-site classroom receiving training in basic underground work practices and health and safety. They then spend ten weeks learning underground at the Island Gold Mine. Northern has also delivered the program in Timmins and Kirkland Lake.

“The success of our Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program is largely attributed to the fact that it is delivered with industry involvement,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Our partners ensure that our students are learning to use the tools and techniques actually used on the jobsite, allowing them to learn in an operational mine. It’s no wonder that our partners tend to hire our graduates with such enthusiasm.”

The Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core program is mandatory for all underground miners in Ontario. Northern Colleges program content also includes drilling, mucking, blasting, scaling, rock-bolting, ventilation, wooden staging and lock and tag out.

Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines and its Apprenticeship, Community and Corporate Training division have long and successful histories of educating and training graduates for the mining sector. The college strives to create flexible educational opportunities for learners and customized training for employers, business and industry. Northern has produced 167 Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core graduates since first offering the program in 2009.


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