Learning & Development

As part of our commitment to the ongoing development of the North Baffin communities, Baffinland is committed to providing education and training opportunities to local residents.

Baffinland funds and awards scholarships on an annual basis for Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement and pursuing a post-secondary education.


  1. Inuit applicants from the North Baffin Communities
  2. Inuit from the rest of Baffin Island
  3. Inuit from the rest of Nunavut


The deadline for applications is August 15th every year. Late applications will not be accepted.

*For more information about the Scholarship Program and for an application form, please visit our Document Portal here at: baffinland.com/media-centre/document-portal/

This is a five-day training program facilitated in the communities and addresses the following areas: Self Awareness, An Introduction to Mining, Essential Skills for the Workplace, Money Management and Preparing for Fly-In, Fly-Out. In line with the IIBA commitments the Work Readiness Program will also hold the program at the Mary River Mine Site.

The on-site Work Readiness program allows participants to complete 60 hours of job shadowing at the Mary River site. The participants will each rotate within 5 entry-level jobs identified by training. Upon completion of the on-site Work Readiness, each participant will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience and area of interest so that Baffinland will be able to find a placement in a training program or employment for the participant.

To apply for the Work Readiness program, contact the Baffinland Community Liaison (BCLO) in your community.

The Apprenticeship program is a formalized program for residents in the North Baffin communities. It is a workplace-based post-secondary education program initiated by Baffinland with Nunavut Arctic College and the QIA.

Apprenticeship areas include: carpentry, electricians, heavy duty mechanics, heavy equipment technicians, housing maintainers, millwrights, plumbers, and welders. -We are currently interviewing candidates who have expressed an interest in the program.

Members of the Baffinland team travel to the coastal communities to conduct interviews to fill apprentice positions.

Once hired, they go through a four-month pre-trades program at Site that includes:

  • Essential skills training
  • Job shadowing
  • Pre-qualifier training to prepare them to take the apprenticeship entrance examination
  • Once complete, the apprentices are indentured and their four-year apprenticeship begins.


Baffinland offers a minimum of four Inuit Internship positions each year. Inuit Internships will be offered for positions as agreed upon from time to time by the Employment Committee, provided that at least two (2) of the Inuit Internship positions shall be in the fields of human resources, finance, corporate affairs and/or a technical occupation outside the traditional trades and heavy equipment operation.

Upon completion of a one-year internship, an Inuit Intern shall receive priority hiring for any position with the Company or its contractors for which he or she subsequently applies and for which he or she satisfies the minimum requirements of the position.

Q-Step is a continual-entry program.The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) in partnership with Baffinland, the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Kakivak launched this new Inuit employment and training project in November 2017.

Q-STEP’s objectives are to: increase Inuit employment at the Mary River Mine, develop and deliver training programs for unemployed Inuit (with a focus on women and youth), and provide Inuit with certified and transferable skills and qualifications to enable them to take advantage of other employment opportunities.


  • Work Readiness training
  • Heavy Equipment training
  • Trades Apprenticeships training
  • Mining Essentials and general skills development


To apply for the Q-Step program, visit a QIA office or by going to a BCLO office in each community.