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Education & Training

Mackenzie Gas Project is committed to supporting the development of northern aboriginal and non-aboriginal workers through effective and accessible training.

The Mackenzie Gas Project encourages northern residents to get the skills and training they need to qualify for job opportunities created by the Project. To assist educators, we:

  • Work with schools -- including students, teachers and school administrators -- as well as the Government of the Northwest Territories. We want to help people understand the education needed to position them for work and career opportunities related to the Project specifically and the oil and natural gas industry in general.

  • Supply information about the oil and gas industry to schools.

  • Work with local communities to identify people seeking job training and to clarify their training needs.

  • Work with pipeline construction contractors and producing companies' sub- contractors to provide training opportunities.

  • Support training initiatives, including those sponsored by industry, government and aboriginal organizations.

Training Initiatives

Education and Training imageThe Project proponents are working in a number of communities to develop effective ways to support the recruitment and training of potential workers. Theses include:

  • The Pipeline Operations Training Committee: formed to develop a training program to prepare northerns for long-term employment opportunities in operations. The committee includes representatives from the Project proponents, other oil and gas companies, federal and territorial governments, and Aurora College.

    Click here to view the Pipeline and Production Operations Training Information Sheet >>

  • The Territorial Oil and Gas Training Committee: oversees the shared training initiatives for industry skill development that provide northerns and northern aboriginals with the opportunity to access jobs in the oil and gas industry.

  • The Regional Training Partnership, and others.

Education Funding

Student financial assistance might be avaliable through several programs including:

  • Government of the Northwest Territories
    Department of Education, Culture and Employment
    Web Site:

  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Web Site:

  • Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements

  • Land Claims Settlement Groups


Schools and Training Centres

Education and training for many job opportunities can be found at post-secondary institutions, schools and other training centres located in the Northwest Territories and across Canada.

Aurora College
Campuses are located in Fort Smith, Yellowknife and Inuvik.
Head Office
P.O. Box 1290
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Tel. (867) 872-7014
Toll free 1-866-266-4966

Sample programs: Business, Trades, Industry and Technology, Health and Community Care

NWT Community Mobilization
5110 - 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT, Canada X1A 1P8
Tel. (867) 873-4207

Sample programs: Business, Trades, Industry and Technology, Health and Community Care

Yukon College
500 College Drive
P.O. Box 2799
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5KA

Sample programs: Business, Trades and Technology, Health Services, Science, Environmental Studies

Northern Alberta Post-Secondary Institution Society
(A partnership of six Alberta colleges)
P.O. Box 1736
Athabasca, AB T9S 2B4
Tel. (780) 791-4898
Fax (780) 791-4868

Sample programs: Emergency Medical Technician, Gas Process, Introduction to Computers, Power Engineering, Warehouse Training, WHMIS, Survey Programs, University Transfer Programs

Other educational institutions include:

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1
Tel. (780) 471-8874

Sample programs: Energy, Construction, Information & Communications Technologies, Health and Public Safety, Transportation, Engineering Technologies, Apprenticeship Training

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
1301 - 16 Avenue N.W.
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
Tel. (403) 284-8110

Sample programs: similar to NAIT






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