Training and Jobs
Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP)
Increasing Employment and Training Opportunities for Inuit
In 2017, QIA in partnership with Bafflinland Iron Mines Corporation, the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Kakivak Association, launched a four-year Inuit employment and training project: Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP).
Q-STEP provides certified and transferrable skills through training programs for Inuit across the Qikiqtani Region. The following training is offered through Q-STEP:
- Work Readiness Training
- Heaving Equipment Operators
- Mining Skills for Employment
- Trades Apprenticeships
- Mining Essential/General Skills
The primary goal of Q-STEP is to increase Inuit employment in the Qikiqtani Region in industries such as mining. Q-STEP also delivers training programs to unemployed Inuit, with a focus on women and youth (ages 18-30).
To access programs through Q-STEP you must register with QIA’s labour pool database, Tuttarvik.
To learn more:
Connecting Inuit to employment, education and skill development opportunities
In 2017, QIA launched Tuttarvik, an online labour pool database. Tuttarvik is a central resource to assist employers in recruiting Qikiqtani Inuit for employment or training opportunities.
Tuttarvik includes a job posting board and several free online learning courses.
The Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP) program is one opportunity available through Tuttarvik.
To learn more:
Business capacity and start-up fund
Strengthening Inuit Business
The Mary River IIBA created the Business Capacity and Start-Up Fund. Inuit can use this Fund to improve their business or start a new business.
QIA and Baffinland each contribute $275,000 per year to the Fund. Inuit firms can access this money through the QIA non-profit subsidiary, Kakivak Association.
Eligible businesses must:
- Be registered on the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Inuit Firm Registry
- Operate in the Qikiqtani Region (priority is given to businesses in the impacted communities)
- Be at least 51 per cent Inuit owned and controlled
- Have a net worth of less than $1 million
To learn more or to access the application:
Contact: Kakivak Association
Contact your Baffinland or QIA Community Liaison Officer