Skills Development in Northern Mining Regions: Lessons From Manitoba

The Conference Board of Canada, 35 pages, November 4, 2021
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Many Indigenous workers in northern Manitoba depending on mining for employment, but workers may face multiple barriers to accessing the skills and training they need to succeed in the industry.

Document Highlights

For many Indigenous communities in northern Manitoba, the mining industry is a major source of employment. However, these jobs are vulnerable to mine life cycles, market demand for commodities, and automation. Mining is steadily becoming a skilled occupation, so worker education and training must keep up with the skills required to do modern mining jobs.

Providing adequate educational and training opportunities for learners in remote and Indigenous communities faces a unique set of challenges, including geography, culture, and Internet access. Organizations that form part of the regional skills development ecosystem in northern Manitoba, including postsecondary institutions, governments, industry bodies, and learners, must all rise to the challenge of meeting current job needs while keeping an eye on the skills and training workers will need in the future.

Table of Contents

Lessons Learned
Aligning Skills Development With Ebb and Flow in the Mining Sector
Skills Development in Northern Manitoba
Commodity Markets Drive Mining Sector Change
Manitoba’s Mining Workforce Has Shrunk
Technical Skills Increasingly Critical in Mining
Young Indigenous Workers Want Job Skills
Enhancing First Nations Participation in the Mining Sector
Lessons for Other Northern Mining Regions
Appendix A—Methodology
Appendix B—Exhibit 1: Building Skills in Northern Manitoba The Ecosystem and the Players and Exhibit 2: Phases of the Mineral Development Cycle
Appendix C—The Skills Ecosystem for Miners, Managers, and Tradespeople
Appendix D—Indigenous Participation in Mining Occupations
Appendix E—Bibliography

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