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Mining Apprenticeship Project June 2009 Thank-you for your interest in applying for this innovative program. How do I apply to be a MAP Apprentice? All applicants must submit the following when applying for the MAP program: 1. Cover letter that describes your suitability for the position. 2. Resume that details your education and work experience. 3. Any relevant certificates or documents (example: journeyperson certificates, post-secondary certificates) 4. Names, addresses, contact information and relationship to you of three professional references. These should be references that you have worked with. Please note that references may be checked before interviews are granted. If you have any questions about this information please contact the College Human Resources Department at: (250) 489-8208. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those applicants accepted into the program will be required to provide a doctor’s certificate confirming their fitness for this program and adherence to the MAP programs drug and alcohol policy. What is MAP? The Mining Apprenticeship program is an innovative program that was launched in November of 2004 by College of the Rockies. MAP was created to increase the number of heavy duty mechanics apprentices in the province. Trades such as welding, electrical and millwright machinists are now being included as part of MAP. Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentices will be indentured by College of the Rockies. As part of the College’s MAP program, the Elk Valley Mining industry partners will provide the necessary apprenticeship work experiences (AWE). The College of the Rockies will be the employer and supervisor. These MAP positions will report directly to the Department Head of Trades. The College of the Rockies will also provide the required technical training, coordinate the work placements and administer MAP. The objective of the Mining Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is to provide comprehensive, local, relevant training opportunities to apprentices. Traditional apprenticeship programs have been continued by the mining industry in addition to this program. Once certified, the MAP apprentices will exit the MAP program and may be able to find mechanic positions in industry. Given the predicted shortages and the quality of this program, the prospect for acquiring positions is excellent. The candidates for this apprenticeship program must be a graduate of the College of the Rockies or other recognized College heavy duty entry-level trades program or have successfully challenged those learning outcomes. Benefits of MAP Increase journey persons and skilled workers in our region MAP journey persons will have well rounded skills need to meet the mining industry’s needs Training will be local and more cost effective for apprentice and industry Flexible training system meeting the Industry Training Authority mandates for trades training Supports the local post-secondary institution (and K-12) Strengthens the industry and post secondary partnership Increases access to local trades training to youth and under-represented groups MAP Schedule Heavy duty mechanic apprentices will be hired in June of 2009. Work placements will begin shortly after their College Orientation. The MAP model is based on the following partnership principles: 1. Apprenticeship work experience (AWE) and training schedules will be scheduled to accommodate the business operations of the partnership and needs of apprentices. 2. The location and number of work placements will be assigned based on the needs of the mining industry, the College and the apprentice. 3. Other mining and forestry industry partners will be encouraged to provide AWE placements in addition to those provided by the partnership. 4. Technical training will be provided by the College of the Rockies. 5. Technical training will be modularized and competency based. 6. Online learning will be included in technical training where appropriate. 7. Log books and self-registration will be incorporated into MAP. 8. A minimum total of 672 hours of technical training and 6000 hours of AWE will be completed. (Credit for applicable AWE gained by the MAP Apprentice prior to entry into the program may be granted.) 9. The apprentice will be paid for their AWE at a set rate established by the College. 10. AWE placements should be a minimum of six months in length. No maximum limit has been established. AWE placements in industry will be arranged by College of the Rockies. 11. The candidates for this apprenticeship would be either graduates from a recognized College or a graduate who has successfully challenged the ELTT heavy duty program through the Industry Training Authority (ITA). 12. Based on 11 above, all successful applicants for this program will have the learning outcomes of the ELTT program (information on those outcomes is provided later in this document). 13. The MAP program will provide apprentices additional support, services, training and certifications as required (ie: WHMIS). Prior learning assessment will be included in MAP. MAP Administration The following is some information regarding MAP for potential candidates/apprentices. Who has to approve this project? College of the Rockies, Ministry of Advanced Education, the Industry Training Authority, and industry partners as established. How will the apprentice be sponsored? The College will sponsor the apprentices. The College is a registered employer with the ITA. How will the apprentice work experience placements be managed? Sponsored MAP apprentices will be enrolled in a College of the Rockies MAP program and managed similar to other work placement programs that the College maintains. Will I have full time work? The College is hiring the same number of MAP apprentices to the number of apprentice work experience positions available in industry. It is expected that apprentices will be employed approximately 10 months in the year and attend technical training 6 weeks each year. However, apprentices should be aware that there may be some short term gaps between work placements due to shutdowns or other disruptions. Does the apprentice get paid? Yes, by the College. Apprentices will be paid at the set rate established by the College. Annual vacation of 4% will be included with each pay. Apprentices are allowed to take 2 weeks unpaid vacation per year. Health, welfare, and pension benefits are not included. Does the apprentice get paid while they go to take their technical training? No, they are eligible and will be covered by employment insurance. The apprentice will also be responsible for the related fees of tuition and supplies. What about vacation? Per the BC labour code 4% will be built into AWE. Do I have the same MAP apprentice stay at one site the whole time? No. It is the intention of MAP that apprentices will rotate through the different mines or other mining industry partners. What if an apprentice does not work out? College of the Rockies is the direct supervisor of MAP apprentices. The Department Head of Trades will provide performance feedback and evaluations for all MAP apprentices. A performance feedback schedule has been identified in the apprentice manual. Feedback from an industry partner is a part of the performance feedback schedule. If, after or during an AWE session, feedback is negative (i.e. an apprentice’s performance is unacceptable) the apprentice will be terminated from the program. This also applies if an apprentice is not successful in their technical training as determined by the College. What if a MAP apprentice quits? Our experience is that very few apprentices in the East Kootenay region resign from the program. However some MAP Apprentices have resigned to work for other organizations and transferred their apprenticeship to that organization. Should this occur the College provides the required support to the apprentice to transfer their apprenticeship to the new employer. The College will hire and ensure that there are enough apprentices to match the number of placements. MAP HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING OPPORTUNITY The College of the Rockies is a learner-centered institution. We invite all qualified applicants who value high quality program delivery and educational excellence to apply for……. Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentices (Multiple Positions) The College of the Rockies is accepting applications for Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentices. This unique apprenticeship opportunity is offered with the employers in the Elk Valley. Apprentices indentured into this program with College of the Rockies will be provided apprenticeship work experience at various industrial worksites with the Elk Valley. In addition to the “at work experience” apprentices will receive the required technical training at the Cranbrook College Campus. Heavy Industrial experience is an asset. Skills in mechanics, communication, and computer skills are also an asset. Qualifications: Secondary School diploma or equivalent. Candidates for this apprenticeship must be graduates from a Heavy Duty Mechanic Entry Level Trades Training Program or have successfully challenged the Entry Level Trades Training program through the Industry Training Authority. One or more years of apprenticeship training/experience in this trade or a related trade is an asset. As part of the selection and entry into the program, applicants will be required to undergo a Prior Learning Assessment which will determine if credit can be given for past training and work experience. Salary: Competitive Industry Rates Start Date: June 2009 Closing Date: June 12, 2009 NOTE: Prior to submitting an application for this program ALL applicants must obtain an information package from the College. The information packages can be obtained from the College Human Resource Department in person or by calling 250-489-8208 to have one emailed or faxed. It is also available on http://www.cotr.bc.ca/map/. Interested persons should submit their resume of qualifications and experience to: The Human Resource Development Department, College of the Rockies, Box 8500, Cranbrook, BC V1C 5L7 Confidential Fax #(250) 489-8206 or electronically to email@example.com Please quote Competition #09 OT 01 Please ensure your covering letter and resume clearly describe your related qualifications and experience as selection for interview will be based on the information provided. We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. MAP apprentice work experience locations The present companies have committed to providing heavy duty mechanic apprentices work experience. MAP apprentices will be assigned by the College to work at these locations during their program and are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation expenses. Other organizations may become available and provide apprentice work experience in addition to those listed below. Elkview Operations Coal Mountain Operations RR#1, Hwy #3 PO Box 3000 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Greenhills Operations Line Creek Operations PO Box 5000 PO Box 2003 Elkford, BC V0B 1H0 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Fording River Operations Transwest Mining Systems PO Box 100, PO Box 40 Elkford, BC V0B 1H0 Elkford, BC V0B 1H0
"Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice"