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The Essential Skills for Mining online program is a partnership between Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute, Sioux Hudson Literacy Council’s Good Learning Anywhere Program and First Nation communities across Ontario.

Your Career

Upon successful completion of this program you will be better prepared for entry level employment in the mining industry.

Admissions Requirements
There are no minimum admission requirements.

Program Description

This training certificate program is a work preparedness program for those who lack a grade 12 diploma. This program is designed to prepare students to successfully write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) test. The purpose of the test is not to pass or fail; instead, it is to find your level of proficiency in applying Essential Skills needed in the mining workplace.

A successful TOWES score shows employers that you have workplace Essential Skills. TOWES can help you qualify for and access other employment and training programs and you may find entry level employment in the mining industry. This 8-week program is delivered 100% online using a combination of instructor-led classes and independent learning.

Start Dates

January 14, 2014

Test Fees

There is no cost to enroll in this course.

TOWES test fee is $100.  This fee is waived and paid for by Service Canada provided that participants provide their personal Social Insurance Number (SIN) to OSHKI.


For information on the program contact:

Lorrie Deschamps
Student Recruitment Officer
Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute
Phone: 807-626-1888
Toll free: 1-866-636-7454

Questions about your class or schedule? Please contact:

Linda Wright                                                                                    
Director of Distance Projects                                                    
Sioux Hudson Literacy Council                                                
Good Learning Anywhere