KIRKLAND LAKE, ON: Northern College held a ceremony for students who graduated from the Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program today at 11 am at the Kirkland Lake Campus. The 10-week modular training program, that covers the basic knowledge and skills required to work competently in the diamond drilling industry, was completed by 10 students from across Northern Ontario.
This marks the first cohort of students to receive hands-on training placements not only on surface but in underground productions mines. Topics covered in the program include working safely, operating hand and power tools, environmental protection, and recovering and handling core samples.
“This program has been a great success and we continue to improve the level of training by introducing new and relevant components,” said Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services at Northern Training Division. “Offering students hands-on training in a variety of real working environment provides them with the specific skills and knowledge that industry wants.”
During the ceremony, the Len Webster Memorial Award was presented to Henrick Szczebonski, a graduate who has exemplified good people skills and respect of other cultures. The Atlas Copco Leadership in Drilling Award was presented to Daniel Morin, a graduate who displayed leadership skills, respect and a positive attitude, and is open to acquiring new skills in the diamond drilling industry.
The newly established Groupe Roullier Health & Safety Award was presented by Groupe Roullier to Shaun McComb, a graduate who always puts health and safety at the top of his priorities.
Groupe Roullier joins Forage Boreal Drilling as new program partners. Other partners involved with the program include Alamos Gold, Atlas Copco, Boart Longyear, Forage Asinii Drilling, Major Drilling Group international, Norex Drilling, Kirkland Lake Gold, Primero Mining Corp., Foraco Canada, Forage Orbit Garant Drilling, Canadian Driller Training, Cabo Drilling (Ontario Division), Major Drilling, and Norex Drilling.
Representatives from the Town of Kirkland Lake, diamond drilling companies from Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec, local mining operations, the Board of Governors and Northern College senior management team attended the ceremony.
Since 2007, 235 graduates from Northern College’s Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program have started careers in the diamond drilling industry.
For more information about the program, or to enroll, please contact Rose-Lyne D’Aoust-Messier, Training Consultant at Northern College, by phone at 705.567.9291 ext. 3638 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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