Digging into Untold Potential

Digging into Untold Potential
Brody Burns -
Region 5

For Sudbury born Brody Burns, the lucrative wages and booming potential of northern Ontario’s Gold Rush-era mining sector was too promising a prospect to ignore. However, no training and lack of industry-related skills were two obstacles Brody, 21, was unprepared to overcome. With the advice of his family, Brody was directed to Sudbury MNO employment and training intake officer Jessica Brunne. After much research, he was approved for training and was accepted into the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) program Career Preparation and Safety Training for Hard Rock Miners. The institution is a leader in its ability to train and fully prepare its students for the daily and sometimes dangerous hazards of the industry by focusing on the many health and safety considerations unique to mining. Because of the MNO’s assistance, Brody was able to take advantage of the invaluable training program and, furthermore, he “enjoyed the course every day” and appreciated the practical knowledge he was able to gain. His training now complete, Brody is qualified to work in the mining sector or build and expand his skill-base or enter into any number of apprenticeships, confident that the education he’s had will keep him safe and prepared on the job. With the MNO’s support, Brody was able to start a career in a field that not only provides highly competitive incomes for its workers but also allows each to learn skills-based, real-world training in an industry with untold potential for growth.