De­vel­op­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

Fund­ing for train­ing ini­tia­tive in Buchans

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BUCHANS, NL — More than $311,000 in fund­ing has been an­nounced to ad­vance the growth of a lo­cal busi­ness and to sup­port eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in cen­tral New­found­land.

Barite Mud Ser­vices Inc. (BMSI), which re­cov­ers barite from the tail­ings re­main­ing from past min­ing op­er­a­tions in Buchans, will re­ceive fund­ing through the Canada-New­found­land and Labrador Job Grant for a train­ing ini­tia­tive.

The train­ing will help BMSI develop the skills of 13 new em­ploy­ees who, to­gether with 24 ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees, will learn op­er­a­tions pro­duc­tiv­ity and per­for­mance, be­havioural-based safety, qual­ity as­sur­ance, and dredge op­er­a­tions.

Train­ing will be pro­vided by Dy­namic Op­er­a­tions Sup­port Ser­vices and El­liot Dredges LLC, which have train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the min­ing in­dus­try.

“Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment sup­port has al­lowed BMSI to be op­er­at­ing today and suc­cess­fully em­ploy­ing 38 peo­ple from the Buchans area,” ac­cord­ing to BMSI pres­i­dent Mike Rose in a press re­lease. “In­vest­ing in our peo­ple is a key build­ing block for the long term sta­bil­ity of the op­er­a­tion.”

The Canada-New­found­land and Labrador Job Grant Pro­gram pro­vides fund­ing to el­i­gi­ble busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions to help off­set costs up to a max­i­mum of $10,000 per year to­wards train­ing for an ex­ist­ing em­ployee or $15,000 per year to­wards train­ing an in­di­vid­ual who is un­em­ployed.

“This fund­ing is sup­port­ing lo­cal jobs in ru­ral cen­tral New­found­land and pro­vid­ing BMSI em­ploy­ees the skills they need to ad­vance ca­reers in the min­ing in­dus­try,” said Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Labour Min­is­ter Al Hawkins.

BMSI board chair Leo Power noted, “This in­vest­ment will al­low cen­tral New­found­land and Labrador to di­rectly par­tic­i­pate in and ben­e­fit from the off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try by sup­ply­ing barite for drilling op­er­a­tions. An in­creas­ingly ca­pa­ble and in­formed work­force sup­ports fu­ture plans for in­dus­trial ex­pan­sion in the Buchans area.”

This ini­tia­tive sup­ports com­mit­ments made in The Way For­ward to im­prove the eco­nomic land­scape of New­found­land and Labrador through pri­vate sec­tor job cre­ation and eco­nomic growth. Train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment also align with the goals of the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Jobs.

“As we com­mit­ted in The Way For­ward, our gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to fo­cus on grow­ing the econ­omy to se­cure a pros­per­ous fu­ture for New­found­land and Labrador, in­clud­ing in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas,” said Premier Dwight Ball. “Sup­port­ing train­ing helps give work­ers the skills they need to find and main­tain em­ploy­ment right here at home.”

PAULINE DEAN/SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

Once in­side the Barite Mud Ser­vice Inc. fa­cil­ity, Premier Dwight Ball and other in­ter­ested par­ties took a tour. Here they are shown the area where the barite prod­uct is de­posited onto a con­veyor belt to be brought to a hold­ing area. BMSI main­te­nance man­ager Rick Brace con­ducted the tour.

PAULINE DEAN/SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

Be­fore the fund­ing an­nounce­ment for Barite Mud Ser­vices Inc. was made, the par­ties in­volved took a tour of the busi­ness in Buchans. The first stop was one of the Tail­ings Ponds which is the source of the barite. Pic­tured are Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Labour Min­is­ter Al Hawkins and Premier Dwight Ball who lis­tened as main­te­nance man­ager Rick Brace and Mike Rose, BMSI pres­i­dent ex­plain the prod­uct pro­duced for the oil in­dus­try.

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