NZC has been providing scholarships and training programs since 2003. The company has been significantly rewarded for this ongoing investment by the development of excellent employees.
More Than A Silver Lining
In 2011, NZC and the Mine Training Society succeeded in obtaining federal funding from the department of Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada. The Government of Canada committed to providing more than $3 million over three years towards capacity training programs for neighbouring First Nation communities. Although more than 200 companies across Canada applied for this special federal funding, NZC's application was one of the 10 projects approved to receive this funding and the only approved project in all Territories.
Some of the training includes:
|Heavy Equipment Operator||Camp Cook|
|Trainingship (Trades)||Class 5 Drivers Licence|
|Introduction to Underground Mining||Mine Administration|
|Advance Medical First Responder||Enviromental Monitor|
|Mineral Exploration Field Assistant||Diamond Driller|
|Diamond Driller - Helper||Road Construction|
Training Programs Held at Prairie Creek Mine
Canadian Zinc Earth Sciences Scholarship
In 2011, Dehcho First Nations approached NZC to provide a scholarship for advanced studies in Earth Sciences.The Canadian Zinc Earth Sciences Scholarship provides one $12,000 multi-year scholarship to a Dehcho Dene descendant pursuing their doctorate (1st choice), masters (2nd choice) or undergraduate degree (3rd choice) in Earth Sciences.
NZC acknowledges that developing qualified employees for the Prairie Creek Mine is a shared responsibility and is committed to ensuring that all professional levels of employment are open for Dehcho Members. The Canadian Zinc Earth Sciences Scholarship will complement this commitment.
On May 28, 2012, the Company presented the Canadian Zinc Earth Sciences Scholarship to Dehcho First Nations' Grand Chief Sam Gargan.
NZC has two IBA communities. Both Nahanni Butte Dene Band and Liidlii Kue First Nation have provisions within their IBAs for annual scholarships. These scholarships will continue to benefit these communities for the operational life of the Prairie Creek Mine.