Employment in Energy North

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Northern Employment in Energy Project (NEEP) is building upon the extremely successful Employment in Energy Project funded through the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund (ASTSIF). Funding for the current project has been received from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities through the Northern Training Partnership Fund and Service Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy.

The Northern Employment in Energy Project is a partnership between the MNO and Northern College. The Project offers training-to-employment for 40 Métis, First Nations or Inuit participants who are in pursuit of careers in Ontario’s growing energy sector over two years.

The 32 week project is comprised of two parts; a Pre-Technology Certificate followed by a work placement. The Pre-Technology Certificate consists of twelve (12) courses taught over a sixteen (16) week period at the South Porcupine Campus of Northern College. This intensive classroom learning is combined with Field Trips and hands-on “Shop” hours to better prepare the participant for the workplace.

Following the in-class program, participants will take the skills and knowledge they acquire and apply them to their sixteen (16) week paid work placement.  These work placements are geared towards the electricity sector career interests of the program participants. Culturally appropriate academic and workplace supports are also provided to participants in terms of mentorship, guidance and additional supports as required.  Upon completion of this program, participants will have an improved awareness of employment opportunities and increased knowledge of pathways to careers in the energy sector.

The Employment in Energy Advisory Committee which consists of energy and labor market stakeholders was developed to ensure that the project was relevant to what was needed in the current workforce.  This committee meets quarterly and gives direction both to the curriculum of the project as well as who and how to approach employers for placements.

The MNO is proud to thank all the employers who gave their experience and time to nurture our participants’ employment aspirations.  Placement Employers were GoldCorp Mines, 5 Nations Energy Inc., Northern College, Barrick Mines, Electrical Service Solutions, Stunning Renovations, Con’s Electric, and Great White North Electrical.

Scott Carpenter
Manager of Projects and Partnerships
Métis Nation of Ontario
Métis Mining Strategy
Ph: 705-527-1228
E-mail: scottc@metisnation.org