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Harper Government Expands Training and Skills Development Opportunities for Women with Simulators from Immersive Technologies

4 August, 2015

Republished with permission from Women Building Futures www.womenbuildingfutures.com

The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $2,097,375 to expand the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program.

Well-known companies such as Emeco, Finning Canada, Immersive Technologies, Imperial, Lehigh Hanson, Mammoet Canada Western Ltd., and SureHire, support the WBF HEO Program by providing WBF with access to services and resources that ensure women receive the skills and experience needed to pursue their careers.

Quick Facts

  • Federal funding will support the equipment purchase of two 100-ton haul trucks, a loading tool and simulators, as well as simulator support packages, conversion kits and e-learning modules.
  • Over 60 women are expected to be trained and employed as HEO operators by 2018.
  • By 2020, WBF anticipates to have close to 100 HEO program graduates per year.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring Canadians have the necessary skills and training they need to fill available jobs in our economy. We are proud to support this collaborative initiative which will not only increase economic opportunities for women by providing them with skills they need to succeed, but also help to develop the talent required for the growth of our economy.”

- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

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“Immersive Technologies is honoured to partner with WBF in providing world-class training to women joining the resource sector. The two simulators, eLearning and curriculum provided will deliver valuable skills training to the women in the program, equipping them to be assets to future employers, and beginning long-term careers that will positively impact their families for years to come.”

- Ken McBride, Canadian Regional Manager, Immersive Technologies

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About Women Building Futures

A leader in trades training for women, WBF has extensive experience recruiting women into the heavy industrial workforce at a consistent employment placement rate of 90 per cent.

WBF’s proven track record has been built on attracting the right people and providing them with the right training. The process begins with rigorous applicant assessment delivered in partnership with SureHire Occupational Testing; training includes hands on skills development, safety certification, occupation-specific skill certification, and workplace culture preparation.

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About Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world’s largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to increase Customer profitability by optimizing the safety and productivity of their operators. Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators’ safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.

Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar Global Mining, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with access to the OEM’s proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM’s machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 44 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Fort McMurray, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Belo Horizonte Brazil, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Moscow Russia.

Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.

WBF students at announcement of investment to expand the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program

MP Laurie Hawn, Minister Michelle Rempel and Chris Hayman of Emeco with WBF students at announcement. July 7, 2015 Edmonton AB Harper Government Expands

Federal funding will support the equipment purchase of Immersive Technologies simulators at Women Building Futures

Federal funding will support the equipment purchase of two 100-ton haul trucks, a loading tool and simulators, as well as simulator support packages, conversion kits and e-learning modules.

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