By: Dominique Ramirez, Manager, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility

Last week, Goldcorp Mexico’s Rafael Andapia provided an update on our education and training partnerships in Mexico. This week, Dominique Ramirez, Manager Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility from our Vancouver head office, summarizes how our educational initiatives are helping to build talent pools near our North American operations.

In the next 5 to 10 years our industry will be faced with a labor shortage at each of our North American operations we are working with various stakeholders to support local capacity-building, while addressing each community’s identified needs. We seek to benefit individuals—by helping to improve their employability—as well as business including our own, by increasing the quality and depth of the available talent pool.

Outreach camps inspire First Nations youth to new career options
In northern Ontario, we are a key sponsor of a series of “Mining Matters” Aboriginal outreach camps. In the context of a fun day at camp, First Nations youth are given lessons in earth science, geology, minerals, mining, and more. From building sweat lodges at land reclamation sites to playing engineering games, youth engage in culturally-relevant experiences that connect mining to their lives and First Nations culture. So far 3 camp attendees have looked into the Mining Essentials Program at the Northern College in Timmins; this is the real indicator of the program’s success.

Two female graduates from the Stope School at Red Lake Mine, Ontario, Canada.

Training women to work underground
As our industry evolves, we are playing our part in breaking down traditional gender barriers. This year we supported an all-female Stope School at the Red Lake Mine, and hired all thirteen graduates. This was the first time we’ve offered a women-only spinoff of Stope School, founded in partnership with northern Ontario First Nations, to provide locals with hands-on underground mining training over a 12-week period. Graduates receive the Ontario Common Core Certificate, which is required for underground mine work in the province.

Goldcorp Wharf proudly announced a $200,000 donation to South Dakota’s School of Mines & Technology in support of student scholarships, faculty support and departmental research.

Supporting mining and metallurgical engineering in South DakotaIn support of mining and metallurgical engineering in and around our Wharf mine, we recently donated $200,000 to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Funds will support faculty and departmental research as well as encourage future generations of mining professionals through student scholarships. The School is a top educational institution, and we are proud to partner with them to create a legacy of educational excellence.

Training tomorrow’s executives: a new UBC Executive MBA in MiningTo help address the retirement of the baby boomer generation over the next decade, we partnered with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to develop a new Executive MBA in Mining. This innovative program, offered jointly by UBC’s Sauder School of Business and Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering is a part-time program with flexible scheduling. It’s designed specifically for people who are already employed in the industry and allows students to study while they continue to work at site.

Supporting social and sustainable innovation at the University of Victoria
Our recent $500,000 contribution to the University of Victoria’s Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business) supports the school’s aim is to help students and the wider community become agents of change and role models for adopting sustainable and responsible approaches to business. We are proud to support the the Gustavson School and their efforts integrating social responsibility and sustainability into academic content and research agendas.If you wish to learn more about our educational initiatives in North America please get in touch!

Next week, our final Back to School Special will cover educational projects in South America.


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