Graduates celebrated at ceremony – Timmins News

8 students completed a 10-week modular training program covering basic knowledge and skills to work in the diamond drilling industry

The College of the North Training Division, Haileybury School of Mines and Keepers of the Circle held a ceremony for graduating students from the Diamond Driller Assistant Core Program on Friday, March 4 at the Keepers of the Circle Indigenous Center. Circle of Kirkland Lake.

The funded 10-week modular training program covers the basic knowledge and skills required to work in the diamond drilling industry and was completed by eight students from across Northern Ontario.

Students received hands-on learning at the college drill site and through internships at G4 Forage Drilling and RJLL Forage Drilling where students supported and operated drills. The program provides trainees with work experience in an authentic drilling environment.

“This program has been a great success and we continue to improve the level of training by introducing new relevant components,” said Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services. “Providing students with hands-on training in a variety of real-world work environments provides them with the specific skills and knowledge to work competently as an assistant to a surface or underground diamond drilling operator.”

Program topics focus on the latest in health and safety, equipment use, current technologies and environmental protection. Students also received safety training certificates, including Propane Safety Awareness and Occupational Health and Safety for Workers.

Circle Keepers funded the training of the eight students as part of a Skills Development Fund project funded by the Department of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Keepers of the Circle also provided support funds to help cover the student’s accommodation and food costs while studying.

“We want to empower our young people to succeed in Northern Ontario, so we aim to help them establish careers here,” said Arlene Hache, Executive Director of Keepers of the Circle. “By funding their tuition, it puts money back in their pockets so they can focus on the next steps after education.”

Representatives from all partner programs organizations attended the ceremony, including Northern College Training Division, Keepers of the Circle, Epiroc, Boart Longyear and Black Diamond Drilling.

The event featured a welcome song and concluded with the song Flight of the Eagle by Elder Sally Mathias, a prayer by Elder Mario Batisse Elders, and speeches by Kelly Lamontagne, Project Coordinator Pat Kiely, mayor of Kirkland Lake, Drew Enouy, campus manager. for Northern College, and Robyn Gray, valedictorian.

“These last eight weeks have prepared us to become assistant diamond drillers, we are now ready to enter the workforce and be sure of what will be expected of us. This program provided us with job placement opportunities where we had the chance to gain hands-on exercise experience, which even led to job offers,” commented valedictorian Robyn Gray. “Finally, I would like to thank all the partners who made this possible and thank them for making this opportunity tuition-free.”

The next Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program begins April 4, 2022 in Kirkland Lake. For more information on the program or to register for the next class, contact the Northern Training Division, by email at [email protected]


Bonny J. Streater