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Greenstone Regional Skills Centre

The Greenstone Regional Skills Centre will focus on providing trades and related training for regional populations, with a dedicated emphasis on Aboriginal people, and a specific focus on preparing the workforce for employment in the mining and related sectors. The purpose of the Greenstone Regional Skills Centre is to provide a long-term solution to developing and maintaining a workforce to support the mining, natural resource and related industries. The Mining Industry Human Resources Council's Canadian Mining Industry Employment and Hiring Forecasts 2011 report concludes that human resource challenges are one of the largest threats to the future competitiveness of the Canadian mining industry and that further Aboriginal engagement is critical since Aboriginal communities represent a large source of labour close to a significant number of mining operations.

It is proposed that the Greenstone Regional Skills Centre be developed to service two primary long term lease tenants as well as provide a number of flexible class and training room spaces available for rental use in support of training and skills development. The building housing the Greenstone Regional Skills Centre would be owned by Geraldton Community Forest Inc. The second primary tenant will be Anishinabek Employment and Training Services. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was recently signed between the Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) Board and Keewaytinook Okimakanak to partner for the development of water and waste water operator training curriculum to be delivered at the Greenstone Regional Skills Centre.

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