TRADES PATHWAY PROGRAMS
Mining Industry Pre-Employment Program
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Are you interested in working in the mining industry? If so, SIIT’s Mining Industry Pre-Employment program may be your next step.
The 10 week Mining Industry Pre-Employment program is delivered in Regina, Saskatoon, and Yorkton. The program includes classroom training, mine site tours, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets. Students may also complete a two week practicum at a mine site.
Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment with various mining companies.
- Preference will be given to individuals who possess one of the following: Grade 12, ABE 12, or GED.
- Applicants must have a clean criminal record (7 years minimum) with Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) report submitted prior to registration.
- Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs, be able to work at heights and in confined spaces.
- Students will be required to pass a drug test before attending a work placement at a mine site.
- Graduates may also be required to pass a medical and/or drug test prior to employment.
Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.
English Language Benchmark
SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
- MIPP 100 Communications & Computer Basics
- MIPP 110 Mining Industry Processes
- MIPP 120 Career Decision Making in the Mining Industry
- MIPP 130 Work Place Skill Development
- MIPP 140 Exploring the Work Place
Tuition, Fees, and Funding
Eligible students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Career Centre staff will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.
What to Expect
Day to Day
In this 10 week program, students can expect:
- A combination of in-class theory (70%) and hands on practical training (30%). Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
- Two week work placement at a mine site.
- No additional independent (homework) learning.
Personal Protective Equipment needed for shop training and employment is provided by SIIT.
Any work-related safety tickets will be included. These vary according to each trade.
Work Integrated Learning
Two week work placements are available for Mining Industry Pre-Employment program students. Students must adhere to attendance and academic performance standards to participate. Students will be required to pass a drug test prior to a work placement at a mine site.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For Mining Industry Pre-Employment program students, 100% attendance is required to qualify for the practicum.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
You must maintain an attendance of 90% to graduate. The assessment method for this course is pass/ fail and students are required to pass all courses. Graduates will receive a Mining Industry Pre-Employment Applied Certificate.
Career Opportunities & Salaries
Graduates of this program can expect to find employment in the mining industry. Mine labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties to assist in the extraction of coal, minerals and ore, and other services in support of underground mining.
In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary for mine labourers is $83,200.
For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.
Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements
To graduate from each level of an apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1800 hours each year. Total trade time required is 7200 hours and at least 4 years in the trade.
Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.
Although mine labour is not listed as a designated trade in Saskatchewan, workers may wish to pursue apprenticeship in a related trade.
Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.