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Mine sector training pilot includes TRU

January 26, 2016 6:20 P.M.
TRU's Tom Dickinson, left, signs memorandum of understanding Tuesday.

The B.C. government took another step Tuesday to support the struggling mining sector.

A memorandum of understanding between the B.C. Centre for Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) five public post-secondary institutions, including TRU, is aimed at making it easier to train for careers in mineral exploration and mining.

The agreement initiates a pilot project that will offer students the opportunity to complete up to a full year of the BCIT mineral exploration and mining technology diploma. Students who complete the diploma program can also apply their education toward a degree in mining and mineral resources engineering at BCIT.

CTEM, launched three years ago, is a provincewide virtual hub that connects the mining and mineral industries, communities and public post-secondary institutions throughout the province to ensure students receive targeted training that will give them in-demand skills.

“There is a demand for skilled workers in the B.C. mining sector,” said Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett. “Partnerships through the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Mining with post-secondary institutions across the province provide opportunities for students to develop crucial skills for a career in mining and mineral exploration.”

On Monday, Premier Christy Clark announced extensions of two tax-credit programs. The mining-exploration tax credit is a 20 per cent refundable credit, which increases to 30 per cent for exploration happening in regions affected by the destructive mountain pine beetle.

Both announcements came during the Association of Mineral Exploration of B.C.'s Roundup conference.


Catherine Churchill says:
January 26, 2016 07:57pm

This is both wonderful and worrisome at the same time. Education is rarely a bad thing so the more access our working people have to trades education, the better. Tax credits could be so helpful for mining exploration and we know the importance of mining to our economy.

The timing of this announcement, however, creates in me a sense that the Ajax decision has already been made. If this education was being offered at BCIT I would not feel so disturbed. I would be inclined to believe that approval of this project would only be as a result of sincere, and serious study of the environmental assessment information. Now I think it's a sham process.

What a shame....


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