Constantia Resources Ltd. has provided training for 13 people who successfully completed the WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level One course on Nov. 12 in Cache Creek. The eight hour program provided life-saving first aid skills to workers in various industries, and addressed medical aid, management of soft tissue injuries, and airway and breathing interventions. The Certificate each student received is valid for three years.
“We are proud to provide training opportunities to local residents and First Nations as part of our commitment to providing local benefits to communities in close proximity to the Maggie Exploration Project,” said Stephen Hodgson, President of Constantia. “These training programs provide skills the participants can use in their employment search and build capacity in the community.”
In addition, a Job Skills Workshop was held on Nov. 20 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. It involved 15 grade 11 and 12 students from Desert Sands School in Ashcroft. Students were brought by bus to Cache Creek and provided a Human Resources instructor from the Constantia head office in Vancouver. Students received support with resume preparation and job interviewing skills. They also toured the Constantia core handling facility where samples from the exploration program are processed.
“It was a great day. The job skills workshop helped our students realize that they do have some relevant skills they can include on their resumes,” said Justin Gerbrandt, Careers Teacher at Desert Sands School. “I think it also helped them realize that they really have to convince someone to hire them, that jobs aren’t often just handed out. And there were amazing tips to make this process easier for them. The core shack tour was great to see the opportunities provided for the community by the mining operation. It was awesome to hear how the community was involved with the operation, and respect was given for community members.”
The training programs are designed to build local capacity and skills in the communities surrounding the Maggie Exploration Project. The company provided more programs, classes and on-the-job training last year. To date, Constantia has provided more than 72 training opportunities to local people, contracted 33 local businesses and employed more than 20 local people with half of its site team comprised of Aboriginal people.
Constantia is a BC-based mineral exploration company focused on determining the potential extent of mineralization at the Maggie Project, which is located halfway between Cache Creek and Clinton, in a way that benefits the local community, Aboriginal groups, the Company and the province as a whole. Historical data indicates that copper and molybdenum mineralization exists in the area. Constantia is assessing the mineral resource potential at Maggie, while creating employment, education and other opportunities and benefits for local people.