In 2008, Raglan Mine, our nickel operation in northern Canada, developed Tamatumani, a government-sponsored training and employment programme that works with local Inuit communities to identify long-term employment opportunities for Inuit workers. Raglan Mine employees visit communities in the local Nunavik region, attend community events to discuss job opportunities and meet interested candidates, visit high schools to encourage students to consider a career in mining, and meet with local community representatives on a variety of issues.
Tamatumani has placed Inuit workers in over 100 positions covering more than 45 different types of jobs. Our number of Inuit employees has risen from 55 in 1998 to 158 as of 31 December 2014, the highest number in Raglan Mine’s history. At the end of 2014, over 18% of our workforce were Inuit people.
In 2013, Raglan Mine added the Rapid Inuit Development and Employment (RIDE) programme, which complements Tamatumani. RIDE targets workers for on-the-job supervision and training that prepares them to move into more senior positions. Of our 158 Inuit employees, we have created personalised career development plans for more than 30, while five now hold higher‐level positions following participation in the programme.