Education and Training

In September 2012 KKETS received funding through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada HRSDC from the Strategic Partnership Fund SPF. The main objective was to provide training services & employment opportunities for Matawa First Nation Community Members.

Tier 1 Programs:

No programs being offered at this time

Tier 2 Programs:

2x Kitchen Helper7 weeks
18 participants per session
May 4, 2020 – June 19, 2020

2x Surface Diamond Driller Helper5 weeks
10 participants per session
January 20, 2020; March 3, 2020

Tier 3 Programs:

3x Heavy Equipment Operator12 weeks
10 participants per session
March 02, 2020 – May 22, 2020

2x Construction Craft Worker7 weeks
10 participants per session
January 20, 2020 – March 6, 2020

2x Pre-Trades Carpentry12 weeks *
10 participants per session
January 13, 2020 – April 3, 2020

2x Surface Mine Development Series5 weeks
10 participants per session
January 20, 2020; February 24, 2020

Tier 2 Programs

Kitchen Helper

Interested in the cooking industry?

The Kitchen Helper program provides participants with the foundation, skills and knowledge to begin their career as a Kitchen Helper. This unique program provides the basic knowledge and trade skills needed for an entry level positions for assisting the cook in preparing and serving food.

It is an applied certificate program that consists of the following five modules: mandatory safety training, food services, basic food preparation, around the kitchen and other things to expect as an assistant in the kitchen. Each student will be evaluated at the end of each section and given an opportunity for improvement based on this feedback. These five modules will be graded with either a credit or non-credit. 

The course will run daily Monday through Friday for seven weeks and will be completed by a handwritten test at the end of the program. A practical test will also be given in the field to determine if the student can apply these competencies. 

Each student will complete First Aid/CPR, WHMIS and In Good Hands. 

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Confederation College “Recognition of Achievement.”

Surface Diamond Driller Helper

If you’re considering a career in mining, this is how you start!

The Underground Surface Diamond Driller Helper is a comprehensive program that places individuals for the safety and operational demands of work in the field of underground diamond drilling. The program will prepare you for employment in the industry as an entry level Underground Surface Diamond Driller’s Helper. Participants will receive training that’s consistent with the requirements of the common core training guidelines for drillers. 

NORCAT, a leader in skilled labour training/development, will be leading this program to ensure participants feel prepared for employment in the industry. All participants must be comfortable with confined spaces and being underground. They must also be willing to travel to Sudbury, Ontario where NORCAT is headquartered.

In this program, participants will learn about the following: safety protect self and others, safe underground surface diamond drilling environment, hand and power tools, operating a chainsaw, lifting devices, portable pumps, core recovery and core barrel handline, operator skidder and first aid/CPR, WHMIS, propane certification, fall arrest, TDG and wilderness training.

The length of this program is five weeks from Monday through Friday. Each student will be evaluated throughout the program and given an opportunity for improvement based on this feedback.

Tier 3 Programs

Heavy Equipment Operator

Register to receive an advanced education from Taranis Training! 

During the Heavy Equipment Operator program each participant will go through a series of Heavy Equipment Operation classes. This program is twelve weeks long.

The first eight weeks of the program starts with job readiness, job training, special guest speakers, tours and communication skills. Job readiness includes interview skills, resume preparation, how to promote yourself in the construction industry, financial planning awareness and meeting the Taranis Supervisors. After job readiness, each participant will move into the job training portion. This training involves surveying, sewer and water, civil construction, asphalt plant, crushing operations and paving. Not only will participants work with Taranis but they will also get the opportunity to work with Resolute, Union Gas, Hydro One, John Deere, Mining, City of Thunder Bay and Aggregate Operations. Lastly, each participant will get to work on building up their communication skills. During that part of the program, subject matter experts will hold interpersonal and professional roundtables to cover topics like self development.

The last four weeks consist of job placement with Taranis Contracting throughout various job sites in the city. Start and end time vary based on job requirements, but usually start at 7am and finish between 5pm and 6pm.

Construction Craft Worker

If math is one of your strengths, you may want to consider registering for the Construction Craft Worker’s program.

This seven week program is in partnership with LiUNA, Laborer’s International Union of North America. Participants will receive a Construction Craft Worker level 1 completion certification upon meeting all requirements of the program. 

Upon completion, trainees shall receive training cards for the following: operating rough terrain forklifts and skid steer loaders, standard First Aid and CPR, use of hand and power tools, use of earth compacting equipment like plate tampers, use of HILTI powered actuated tools, set up and use of OXY/PROPANE cutting equipment, use of transit levels to set up grades, set up and operation of Propane heaters and torches, set up formwork for concrete, place, vibrate and level concrete, hoisting and rigging, working as a traffic control person on roadways and construction sites, use and maintain jackhammers, chippers drills and related air tools, operate and maintain chainsaws, working at heights, proper use of respiratory masks, blueprints introduction, set up frame scaffolding, confined space entry and hazard recognition, ground disturbance and GHS (WHMIS 2015).

The program will be completed in seven weeks, five days a week from Monday to Friday.

2x Surface Mine Development Series

This five week program kicks off with a worker orientation that includes course expectations, positive safety culture, daily team lead responsibility, safety talks and near miss/hazard observation. Other topics that will be covered are WHMIS 2015, OHSA worker 4-step awareness and hazard recognition and risk assessments. 

The Surface Mine Development Series is meant to prepare participants with the right skills, competencies, and confidence to not only gain meaningful employment, but also for future skilled labour opportunities in the local communities and industries.

NORCAT will be assisting KKETS with promoting and advocating trainee employment with local contractors through interviews/discussions and program promotional materials. Invitations to the Quetico College School can also be arranged for any entity wishing to meet the participants and/or see the program in action. 

Graduates of this program also become part of the NORCAT family as registrants in our job placement program. NORCAT promotes and assists graduates in gaining meaningful employment with members of our Quetico Working Group that include Resolute, Norbord, Domtar, Weyerhaeuser, as well as other industry clients.

This program is delivered by NORCAT in Thunder Bay.

All participants will be trained on 4 different machines: Rock Truck, Front End Loader, Escalator, and Dozer.

Pre-Trades Carpentry

Strong math skills are an asset for this program.

The Pre-Trades Carpentry program includes trade readiness, level I theory and certificates. Throughout the twelve weeks, participants will go through academic preparation, trades preparation, safety, materials and tools plans, specifications and codes, residential – estimating, calculation and layout, metal cutting and welding. 

Each participant must have a minimum of Grade 10 education or mature student status.

Employment Integration
Services Program

It is our goal to build community capacity and increase Matawa First Nations’ members’ participation in the current labor market workforce and local economy. Employment opportunities through the Employment Integration Services Program (EISP) which will enable the participants to compete in the labour market.

Nishnawbe Education
and Training

The main objective is to provide training for employment opportunities for Matawa First Nation Community Members.

Independent Programming

KKETS offers Independent Programming. In order to provide an Aboriginal Workforce it is essential that individual opportunities are provided. Learn what the Individual Programming under the ASETS agreement are.


If you are a Matawa Member, ASAP can help you get the confidence and skills you need to succeed. Expect a stress-free transition from education to training to employment, ultimately to a career that is right for you.