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 remains committed to education and training for Nunavummiut in the North Baffin communities and Nunavut. We support and encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education and recognize the importance of learning and development as a pillar to the ongoing development of Nunavummiut, North Baffin communities and for all of Nunavut.  We are proud of you as you continue your journey through post-secondary education and we are proud to be a part of that in a small way. It is one benefit that Baffinland provides annually through Article 8.8.2 of the Mary River Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA).

For 2022/2023, five scholarships, in the amount of $5,000 each, will be awarded in the following educational areas:


Scholarship Popular Summary (English) Popular Summary (Inuktitut) Deadline Document
Marine and Environmental Studies     January 27, 2023 Full Report
Geology and Engineering     January 27, 2023 Full Report
Health and Wellness     January 27, 2023 Full Report
Education and Management Studies     January 27, 2023 Full Report
Business Administration     January 27, 2023 Full Report


ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅ Popular Summary (English) Popular Summary (Inuktitut) ᐃᓱᓕᕝᕕᐱᓇᔪᒍᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᑕᖏᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅ
ᐃᒪᕐᒥᐅᑕᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅ     ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆ 27, 2023 ᑐᖅᑯᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ
ᓄᓇᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓇᐅᒪᔪᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅ     ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆ 27, 2023 ᑐᖅᑯᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ
ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᖏᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅ     ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆ 27, 2023 ᑐᖅᑯᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ
ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅ     ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆ 27, 2023 ᑐᖅᑯᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ
ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᓯᐊᖅ     ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆ 27, 2023 ᑐᖅᑯᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ

Your continued success means success for Nunavut and our communities. We are proud of your efforts and are happy to support you as you continue your journey.

The five priority areas were selected in consideration of Baffinland’s Mission, Vision and Values. Many have direct relevance to the many career choices available at Baffinland.

Click the area of study above for full details on available scholarships and examples of the many career choices available at Baffinland.

The deadline to apply for the 2022 scholarship program is January 27th, 2023


Open to Nunavut Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement. Priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Inuit applicants from Sanirajak, Igloolik, Clyde River, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay
  2. Inuit from the Qikiqtani region
  3. Inuit from the rest of Nunavut

Click here and go to the Scholarships Program tab for all the information on this year's Scholarships and how to apply.


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.