Milestone Graduation for Northern College’s Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core Program

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KIRKLAND LAKE, ON: On Friday, June 29th, 2012, another cohort of Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program students will be ready to join the workforce.

Just as Northern College’s world renowned Haileybury School of Mines celebrated its centennial, a milestone for the Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program will be marked. On Friday, the program’s first international student will join thousands as Haileybury School of Mines alumni.

John Maposa, originally from Zimbabwe, discovered the Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program on the Canadian Diamond Drilling Association website during an internet search. After reading testimonials regarding the success of the program, he was certain the program was an opportunity that could not be passed up. “I was convinced that Northern College was the benchmark in terms of training as the program was mostly recognized by major drilling companies and had a good track record,” says Maposa. “Compared to other programs offered, Northern College’s was head and shoulder above the rest.”

One of the distinguishing elements of this training program is the work placement. Trainees are interviewed by top drilling companies, selected, and placed on operating drills to train as helpers with a driller/helper team for one week near the end of the program. This provides the trainees with experience working in an authentic drilling environment, while evaluating both their strengths and skills in need of improvement. This year, students were placed on drills near Kirkland Lake and Timmins with companies including Cabo Drilling (Ontario) Corp, Boart Longyear, and Major Drilling.

The training program is based on the modularized common core training standards and guidelines developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). As part of the program, students are also evaluated by an independent auditor to ensure they have met the government and industry training standards. Canadian Driller Training performs an objective student audit to ensure that they graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills required.

The next Surface Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program begins October 1, 2012 with another two intakes planned for 2013 in Kirkland Lake. Another two intakes of the program will be offered in partnership with the Hamlet of Arviat in Nunavut starting this fall.


Media Contact:

Rose-Lyne D’Aoust-Messier
Training Consultant
Apprenticeship, Community & Corporate Training
Northern College, Kirkland Lake Campus
(705) 567 9291 ext. 3638