Diavik continues its support of education and training in Canada’s Northwest Territories
13 June 2012
Students at the Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre (KCTC) in Yellowknife, Canada, will benefit from further training and education opportunities as a result of Diavik Diamond Mine’s continued support of vocational training.
Niels Kristensen, Diavik President and Chief Operating Officer, on providing the latest donation to the centre, said he is proud to partner with KCTC, as part of Diavik’s long term commitment to training and education in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
"Individuals with trades and technical skills are very much in demand in our industry and we support the centre's efforts to provide students with an opportunity to explore these very rewarding career options," said Mr Kristensen.
Since 2004 Diavik has contributed a total of C$220,000, enabling the purchase and maintenance of equipment and materials, primarily for the centre's welding laboratory.
Yellowknife Catholic School Superintendent, Claudia Parker, is very thankful of Diavik’s support of the programme, "The success of our programs is directly related to the contribution that Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. has made to our facility, especially the welding laboratory. The quality and availability of industry pertinent equipment generates excitement and enthusiasm among the students and better prepares them for the world of work.
In addition to supporting students, KCTC, in partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, has offered the Becoming a Master Instructor program to nine Diavik underground mining trainers. The Diavik underground mine will be operating at full capacity by 2013, with an estimated mine life well beyond 2020.
About The Diavik Diamond Mine
The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is an unincorporated joint venture between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. The Diavik Diamond Mine, a Canada’s Top 100 Employer, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada.
About Rio Tinto Diamonds
Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe. Rio Tinto also has an advanced diamond project in India. Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its operating mines is sold through its Diamonds Sales and Marketing headquarters office in Antwerp, Belgium with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process as well as a founding member of Responsible Jewellery Council.