College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is planning to offer more industrial trades programs at its campus in western Labrador in an effort to help the hundreds of people who recently lost their jobs at Wabush Mines.
The mine closed Feb. 11 and has been idled for weeks — but it's still on the minds of many, including Wabush Mayor Colin Vardy.
"As the Mayor, I'm responsible to understand the needs and the concerns of our whole residents, our whole town," said Vardy.
Vardy has met with politicians to try to find some stability for residents, and has also met with senior CNA officials.
"We've even gone as far as talking to supervisors and planners that there's courses out here that would actually give them a certificate, or credentials that they can put on their resumé, that should make it more attractive in the workforce."
Robin Walters, CNA's dean of industrial trades, said it's received the message loudly and clearly that people want to stay in western Labrador.
"We want to bring the training here to Labrador West to help them achieve their goals. We haven't nailed down specifics, but certainly some of the industrial trade programs — but also other areas whether it's office work, safety, power engineering," Walters said.
The provincial government has several information sessions planned this week to assist laid-off workers.
Sessions will be held at the Wabush Hotel on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.