Diamond Driller’s Training Begins

by John - September 30th, 2011

Drillers Training Students out at the pit with Instructors

Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training Program Begins

Arviat, Nunavut (September 26, 2011) – Mayor Bob Leonard today announced the beginning of the first Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training (ADDT) Program. 12 students from Arviat began the classroom portion of their training on the 26th. Hands-on training sessions will also be offered, which will see the trainees help operate a functioning diamond drill. The 10-week training program will run until the beginning of December.

“Industry support has been key in getting this program going.” said Mayor Leonard. Agnico-Eagle Mines, Forage Orbit Garant and Boart Longyear are providing support to the program and have committed to hiring graduates on a priority basis. Nunavut Arctic College is providing a classroom, tools and student support. The Hamlet of Arviat is providing a two-bay garage for the drill and other equipment.

To help ensure a successful course delivery, a local Inuit assistant instructor has been hired. Ludovic Onerk of Arviat is an experienced diamond driller and will help prepare the trainees for the hard work ahead. Onerk will also ensure that course content is explained in Inuktitut, increasing comprehension of key concepts.

Mayor Leonard added ‘We have also had excellent support from other organizations, including the Government of Nunavut, the Kivalliq Inuit Association and the Kivalliq Mine Training Society.’ Northern College of Ontario is providing experienced instructors and a proven course curriculum. The Kivalliq Mine Training Society has assisted with student recruitment and is also assisting with course delivery costs.

Program Partners include:

  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Economic Development and Transportation
  • Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.
  • Orbit Garant Drilling Services
  • Boart Longyear Canada
  • The Kivalliq Mine Training Society
  • Nunavut Arctic College
  • Northern College
  • The Kivalliq Inuit Association
  • The Contaminants Remediation Training Organization of Canada

A second course is scheduled for January 2012 and will be open to residents of other Kivalliq communities. With current funding commitments, the program is funded for the first two 10-week courses. It is anticipated that the course will continue to be offered at least twice a year.

Course graduates will have immediate access to well-paying jobs as surface diamond driller helpers. With experience they can advance to work as a diamond driller, and will be qualified to work anywhere in Canada or the world.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program (ASEP)

For further information contact:

John Main

Economic Development Officer

Hamlet of Arviat



One Response to “Diamond Driller’s Training Begins”

  1. Job well done by the mayor. Progress is inevitable as long as there is support for education and training. I see many outsiders being interested in such a program.