The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) in partnership with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Kakivak launched a new Inuit employment and training project in November 2017.
The Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP), is designed to meet the employment needs of Inuit. This program will boost skills development across Qikiqtani, with a focus on training in the mining sector, for a four year period ending on March 2021.
In conjunction with Q-STEP, QIA has designed an Inuit Labour Pool database, Tuttarvik, which will act as a central resource to assist employers in identifying Inuit qualified for employment or training opportunities.
Q-STEP’s objectives are to: increase Inuit employment at the Mary River Mine, develop and deliver training programs for unemployed Inuit (with a focus on women and youth), and provide Inuit with certified and transferrable skills and qualifications to enable them to take advantage of other employment opportunities.
Some of the highlight of the training offered via Q-STEP includes:
• Work Readiness training
• Heavy Equipment training
• Trades Apprenticeships training
• Mining Essentials and general skills development