RAPAPORT... Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. reported on its mid-year socioeconomic impact, which summarized local training, employment progress, and the business benefits the company provided for northerners.
Diavik nearly doubled the number of apprentices during the first six months of 2011 at the mine to 25. Additionally, three northerners successfully completed their apprenticeships, bringing the total number of Diavik apprentices to have achieved journeyperson certification to 30.
The northern workforce averaged 628 employees, 364 above the original plan. Aboriginal employment averaged 309 people, which was 149 above the original plan.
Total services spending hit $224.8 million during the first half with $155.6 million going to northern businesses, $64 million of which was paid to Aboriginal business.
The Diavik Diamond Mine, located in the Northwest Territories, is a joint subsidiary between Rio Tinto and Harry Winston.