Gearing Up

Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning


Gearing Up drives systemic change by aligning post-secondary student skills training with mining industry requirements through employer delivery of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.

The program is creating over 2,000 new WIL opportunities, with wage subsidies up to $7,000 available to employers who offer work experience, co-op placements, internships, field placements or applied projects.

WIL opportunities better position post-secondary students to secure employment in their field of study. While Gearing Up is open to all eligible students, the program also encourages participation by underrepresented groups such as women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, first-year students and members of visible minority groups.

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Applicant Guide


A description of the program and frequently asked questions.         

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Case Studies

The following studies showcase examples of how Gearing Up was adopted, what WIL placements are like, and the benefits to the companies, post-secondary institutions and students involved.

The first case study of how Gearing Up was adopted and its benefits.

Find out how Gearing Up benefited the companies, post-secondary institutions and students involved.

Find out how Gearing Up benefited the companies, post-secondary institutions and students involved.

Find out how Gearing Up benefited the companies and students involved.

Gearing Up Steering Committee

The Gearing Up Steering Committee provides guidance and subject matter expertise into project activities, outputs and desired outcomes.


Cassandra Puckett

Tahltan Central Government

Coby de Vries

Hy-Tech Drilling

Glen Campbell

Teck Resources

Lynda Casey

Global Physical Asset Management

Daniel Leduc

College Boreal

Nicole Myers

Memorial University

Paul Alexandre

Northern Manitoba Mining Academy

Aaron Klooster

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology

Anne Johnson

Queen’s University

Guyléne Rodrigue

University of Ottawa

Neil Banerjee

Western University

Ginny Coyne

Yukon College

Janine Wedemeier

University of Alberta

Tonya Whelan

University of Alberta

Cory Latimer

Sheridan College

Kristine Dawson

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Gary Thompson

College of the North Atlantic

Michael Long

College of the North Atlantic

Amir Khan

University of Alberta

Nicole Tardiff

Laurentian University

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