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Training the future of potash today

As Potash gears up to deliver the USD$5.7 billion Jansen Stage 1 (JS1) project, training and recruitment are top of mind.

In fact, when the project transitions into mine operations around 2027 we will employ 600 personnel, 20% of which will be Indigenous. The planning for this ambitious diversity goal starts now, with focus on industry ready programs to build talent pipelines over the next five years.

Daniel Longman, Specialist Local Procurement and Apprenticeships, in partnership with Carlton Trail College has developed a pathway– a fit-for-purpose Pre-Apprenticeship Training program that provides Indigenous participants with employment readiness skills, an introduction to trades, and prepares for work in mining.

Daniel, who is originally from George Gordon First Nation, was introduced to the mining industry as a Project Liaison for one of BHP’s contractors.

“When I joined BHP, it was a career move that better aligned my personal values with an organization,” said Daniel.

“I believe in a representative workforce where people are comfortable to be themselves.”

Traditionally, the mining industry’s talent pipeline has not been reflective of Saskatchewan’s population – and Daniel’s work, together with our inclusion and diversity framework, will create a workforce mix more representative of the communities where we live, and will soon operate in.

Daniel realized there was significant opportunity available beyond entry level employment for Indigenous people, but only if individuals are offered the chance to learn more about these roles.

“I want to create awareness and connect people to the abundance of employment opportunities and learning experiences,” said Daniel.

“I think education and employment provides a level of freedom and self-reliance for everyone. This project can be a path to achieving both if an individual’s learning interests align with the opportunities that are made available.”

“Apprenticeship training is important for all people, but it is especially important for Indigenous people right now. The mining industry has great work opportunities available. Many of these opportunities are close to Indigenous communities, which allows individuals to live and work close to home,” he continued.

Program participants are paid a wage, provided opportunities to receive safety tickets, and employment readiness training while being introduced to the trades of electrical, instrumentation and control, industrial mechanics/millwright, and heavy-duty equipment.

As part of the program’s development, training providers with experience working with First Nations communities were engaged to ensure a safe space for Indigenous individuals to learn and train.

BHP looks forward to welcoming our first round of pre-apprentice graduates in May (pictured). For more information about BHP’s Jansen project, our commitment to Indigenous employment and inclusion and diversity, visit