Future Skills Centre Invests $1.3M in NORCAT to Re-define Training and Development in the Canadian Mining Industry


Future Skills Centre Invests $1.3M in NORCAT to Re-define Training and Development in the Canadian Mining Industry

Sudbury, ON. NORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training services for the global mining industry, is excited to announce a $1.3 million investment from Future Skills Centre to develop, test, and deploy a series of technology-enabled blended learning programs that will transform how the Canadian mining industry trains and educates its workforce.

The 18-month project, led by NORCAT, involves a number of local partners in the Canadian mining industry including Vale Canada, Technica Mining, and Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore Company.

With the investment from the Future Skills Centre, NORCAT is creating interactive and experiential technology-enabled training programs that are meaningful, scalable, and cost effective. The programs include a blended learning delivery model integrating eLearning, virtual reality, equipment simulation, and in-the-field competency validation on select pieces of mining equipment. Training on each piece of equipment will be approximately two weeks in length with a focus on operational safety, efficiency, and productivity.

"By working with our partners to develop, integrate, and deploy technology-enabled blended-learning programs, we are excited about the collective role we will all play to redefine the ‘new world of training’ to support the ‘new world of work’ in mining and other skilled labour industries across Canada" says Don Duval, CEO of NORCAT. "We look forward to working with the Future Skills Centre and appreciate the support to engage, educate, and strengthen Canada’s future mining workforce by ensuring workers have the skills, competencies, and confidence to do their job both safely and productively."

Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre, says NORCAT’s unique, demand-driven, and blended training is a perfect example of the programs FSC is investing in that industries can find pathways to address chronic skills shortages and provide innovative and radical approaches to training, learning to build capacity and fill future skills gaps. "Integrating online learning, virtual reality, equipment simulation training, and in-the-field competency validation could transform how skilled labour industries like mining develop, engage, and deploy training and development programs to fill their skills gaps," says Barata.

The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences Futures is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program. It is a forward-thinking research centre focused on how to best prepare Canadians today for workforce opportunities of the future. The Centre will test innovative approaches to identify emerging in-demand skills and help Canadians develop the skills they need to succeed in the new economy. FSC-CCF is a partnership between Ryerson University, Conference Board of Canada, and Blueprint.

For more information please contact Lindsay Lane | NORCAT | llane@norcat.org | 705.521.8324 x337


NORCAT is a leader in skilled labour training and innovation services focused on developing and delivering programs, services, and resources that enhance productivity and safety in the global skilled labour industries.