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NWCC set to offer Workforce Exploration Skills Training

SMITHERS A new program at Northwest Community Colleges (NWCC) School of Exploration & Mining (SEM) will offer internship opportunities and workforce skills training for eligible participants interested in a career in the exploration and mining industry. The Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program is a 7-week bush camp training program based outside of Smithers that features hands-on training of employable skills for careers in exploration, mining and other resource industries. This program is provided at no cost for eligible participants, with funding provided in part by the Government of British Columbia. WEST is a great bridge between the skills and rewarding careers British Columbians want to have, and our investment of $1.6 million will help meet the current and future needs for a well-trained, well-educated workforce within B.C.s growing mining sector, says Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Donna Barnett. Internship opportunities are available to eligible participants who demonstrate an interest and aptitude for camp support or office positions will be piloted during the program. Interns will gain valuable work experience in one of four chosen areas; camp maintenance and safety, cultural skills coaching, office administration and cooking in a camp environment. Upon successful completion of the internship, participants will receive an NWCC School of Exploration & Mining Internship certificate and an employment reference. SEM staff will also provide students with pre-employment counselling and job search assistance. The hands-on learning and cultural context offered through the WEST program is a great way to meet the needs of both students and industry, giving participants more career choices and building on the success weve already seen through earlier versions of the program, states NWCC President, Dr. Denise Henning. Graduates of our mining programs are in very high demand, and industry often asks us when the next group will be ready to hire. The WEST program will run for a total of 23 days in camp, followed by a 6-day break and then another 23 days in camp. The dates of the programs first offering are June 28 August 17 and the second offering August 25 October 14. For more information or to apply to the program, please contact SEMs Employment Advisor & Industry Liaison Rob Maurer at or 1.877.277.2288 Ext. 5831.

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