From AME BC
Grade 8 students in School District No. 27, Cariboo Chilcotin will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative pilot program that will provide insight into career opportunities in the mining sector.
The pilot, endorsed by the BC Mining HR Task Force: Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand & Gravel, will see Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake campus deliver an interactive 4 day camp for 40 youth, engaging them in the discovery of the mining sector and its vast employment opportunities. This “hands on” camp, intended to build awareness of the opportunities that exist within the mining sector, will help youth make more informed course choice decisions as they work through to graduation.
Dr. Ray Sanders, Executive Director, Thompson Rivers University – WL is pleased that TRU – Williams Lake was chosen to deliver this pilot project.
“We are excited to be able to provide a hands-‐on camp to help students make better decisions about careers here at home. It is our belief that this camp will provide students the motivation and information to stay engaged in school, graduate, and enter a meaningful career in mining, ” Sanders said.
School District 27 is equally pleased to have been included in this educational project being delivered by the local campus of Thompson Rivers University.
Mark Thiessen, Superintendent of Schools, SD 27 (Cariboo Chilcotin), said: “In School District No. 27, we seek to provide students with many opportunities to connect directly with the world outside of school. We foresee mining continuing to be a vital industry within our region, and I am excited that this camp will make our students more aware of the multitude of career opportunities in the mining sector.”
The project is made possible through funding provided by the BC Mining HR Task Force which is in turn funded in large part by the BC Provincial Government, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Training. In addition, in-‐kind assistance is provided from industry and its various partners that have worked closely with the school district over the years, providing career opportunities to students. The BC Mining HR Task Force is encouraged by the initiation of this innovative project, and is looking forward to being able to share the results of the pilot with other jurisdictions throughout the province. David Bazowski, Chair of the BC Mining HR Task Force, said: “The primary focus of the BC Mining HR Task Force is to encourage understanding of and participation in the mining industry and its more than 120 occupations. For us to be successful a cornerstone must be the reaching out to our youth and the facilitation of collaborative learning opportunities between industry, educators, and students. This pilot initiative is an excellent example of the type of partnership and experiential learning opportunity that we are all about…”
Gord Armour, Chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Task Force says “It is important to access today’s youth early on in their education, providing them with a wide range of information on potential career opportunities in order to plan appropriately. As well, students understand better when they can interact with business and industry outside the classroom, leading to a clearer understanding of principles taught inside the classroom”.
“In 21st Century Learning, students use educational technologies to apply knowledge to new situations, analyze information, collaborate, solve problems, and make decisions. This camp supports 21st Century Learning with a focus on experiential learning through the delivery of educational activities outside the classroom to support course learning within the classroom.”
The pilot will engage 40 youth in a camp setting and facilitate and build awareness of the mining
sector. In the camp, youth will be engaged through resource materials, field trips, activities that explore technological advances, information on Canada’s role as a world leader in mineral exploration and
mining, and real world experience. The activities being developed will include activities in geosciences, prospecting, environmental science, geographical information systems, engineering, skilled trades,
mineral exploration, mining, health and safety, and ecological knowledge.
The camp, through the assistance of industry partners, will provide students with activities that include mine tours, mine recue demonstrations, GPS site mapping, exploration demonstrations, prospecting, mineral use in everyday life, and heavy equipment demonstrations or simulation.
To Learn More:
BC Mining HR Task Force http://www.acareerinminingbc.ca/
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