Heavy Equipment Training Franchise Teaches Aboriginal Instructors for Northern Territories Mining Industry

WHITEHORSE, May 3 /CNW/ - Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY) will come together with Aboriginal Engineering Ltd. to train new heavy equipment instructors for work in both Yellowknife and Whitehorse. These new heavy equipment training instructors will allow trainers to prepare entry-level equipment operators for employment in the mining, construction and road-building industries.

Aboriginal Engineering Ltd. (AEL) located in Yellowknife, NT has sponsored a group of experienced equipment operators to travel to Whitehorse in order to become certified heavy-equipment instructors. Those trainer candidates will return home to Yellowknife to deliver the curriculum through a High Velocity Equipment Training (HVET) franchise.

AEL is committed to developing capacity of local indigenous peoples, improving employment opportunities for local impact communities. AEL works in the most remote locations and extreme environments where they consecutively complete projects with over 85% employment to Aboriginal people.

"The days of 'old-school' tailgate training are over!" says Ian Stanley-Maddocks, Sales and Marketing Manager of High Velocity Equipment Training. "AEL and NSNY are impressive leaders in the 'new-school' world of heavy equipment education and certification. We are very pleased with the momentum and commitment displayed by all of the training partners and sponsors involved. The financial support from Yukon Mine Training Association (a funding partner of NSNY) and AEL shows that mining in the North has a bright future. Soon Canada will follow Europe and Australia and require that equipment operators be trained to a minimum standard and require a license to operate heavy equipment. We already need a license to operate a vehicle, plane, train and transport truck, you even need a special permit for a taxi, but the consequences of an un-trained heavy equipment operator can be much more severe because of the nature of heavy equipment." says Stanley-Maddocks.

NSNY Executive Director Sheila Sergy says, "We are happy to announce that we will be adding more training opportunities to the Multi-Equipment Operator Program supplied by High Velocity Equipment Training, soon we will also have shorter 1-month Single Machine Certification and even a 1-day Certification for Experienced Operators or (CEO Challenge) license which will allow seasoned operators the ability to certify in one day, rather than take a 12-week course" says Sergy.

Sergy goes on to say, "HVET's franchise training team came to us here in Whitehorse making this program a perfect fit for us. Our instructors were impressed with previous Train the Trainer (TTT) programs and we are excited to have HVET certify our new trainers and teach us how to use their curriculum and their training systems. This groundbreaking approach to training instructors (to train new operators to a recognized standard) is the only model of its kind."

Originally developed in Camrose, AB as a heavy equipment safety training program, High Velocity Equipment Training now offers a complete curriculum license and the TTT Instructor Certification program to vocational colleges, industry training departments, safety training organizations and non-profit associations who can demonstrate the training capacity to maintain very high safety-standards in the delivery of HVET training programs.

As part of the TTT mobile instructional team, Jordan Bonnough says "Our crew travels in order to teach anywhere in the world. For example we have recently been invited to teach in Laos, Southeast Asia and possibly in Costa Rica this fall. My job is photographer, proofing curriculum and gathering testimonials. It feels great when a student gives me a testimonial on how the training has changed their outlook on life and impacted them as a person. Usually they say something about how inspirational the course was because it focuses on their lifestyle vision and employment mission combined with goal-setting which turns their work from a "job" into a "career". Graduates talk about how they want to use their training to change the lives of people in their communities" says Bonnough.

The TTT Instructor Certification Program runs from April 26thth to May 6th in Whitehorse YK.

Invitation to graduation ceremony can be requested.

SOURCE High Velocity Equipment Training Ltd.

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