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Governor General impressed by trades training at Sanatuliqsarvik

Gareth Taylor, Pre-Electrician student, Governor General Johnston, Leo Itturiligaq, Trades Access student. Gareth Taylor, Pre-Electrician student, Governor General Johnston, Leo Itturiligaq, Trades Access student.

The Nunavut Trades Training Centre in Rankin Inlet played centre stage for a hands-on visit by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and his wife, Sharon Johnston, on May 13. They were joined by the Honourable Nellie T. Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut.

Demonstrations of the heavy equipment operator and mining industry simulators led to a ‘test drive’ invitation. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson each took a turn with the state-of-the-art training. 

Led by the Dean of the Kivalliq Campus Susan Enuaraq, Director of Mining and Training Sandy Napier and Acting Director of Trades and Technology Scott Lowe, the Governor General chatted with students and congratulated them for passing their second year Apprenticeship program with a 100% success rate!

Now in its fifth year, the Centre’s facility in Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit is attracting steady interest amongst Nunavummiut. 

“We have an important role to play in preparing Nunavummiut for careers in the territory’s economy. The Government of Nunavut has recognized this in making self-reliance and optimism through education and training as its top priority,” said the College President Joe Adla Kunuk.

Daniel Friesen, Senior Instructor, Heavy Equipment, introducing the 5DT Loader Simulator.

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