Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining
Yukon College’s new Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) was announced by Prime Minister Steven Harper and Yukon Premier Darrelll Pasloski on August 19,2013. The Centre is expected to contribute to the economic viability of Yukon’s industry by growing a skilled workforce within the territory through comprehensive skills and trades training. Such training offers Yukon residents, and those wanting to live and work in Yukon, access to a variety of training opportunities that are nationally recognized and uniquely customized for the North. In addition to training, the centre facilitates access to applied research specific to the Northern minerals and mining industry.
Not only does CNIM offer dedicated trades facilities at the Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse, it is assembling a mobile trades school, making comprehensive trades training possible anywhere in Yukon that is accessible by road. Training is available through scheduled program delivery or through customized contract training. Mines are welcome to inquire about accessing CNIM’s two mine training simulators that are capable of accommodating surface and underground training modules.
Also housed in CNIM are the well-established construction apprenticeship trades including carpentry, electrical and oil burner mechanic. CNIM is planning to offer heavy equipment operator, underground mining, pre-apprenticeship heavy equipment mechanic, industrial electrical and industrial welding programs.