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NORCAT opens Toronto facility

Sudbury-headquartered training organization continues to expand its reach
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NORCAT's new office location in the GTA will offer skilled labour training and development programs and strategic advisory services to construction companies. (Supplied photo)

NORCAT held the grand opening of its new training and development office in the Greater Toronto Area on Jan. 22. 

Attendees of the event were treated to a tour of the new facility and had the opportunity to meet the centre's team members, including instructors, consultants, and members of the management team. Later in the day, the centre's first class of trainees attended a Working at Heights program.

The new office location will offer skilled labour training and development programs and strategic advisory services to construction companies, including compliance and risk management, talent and human capital, and training and development strategies. 

The centre also announced recently that it has been selected as a provider of the WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program, a performance-based rewards program that helps companies improve workplace safety. 

“The technologies that workers are using in their jobs are changing, and the expectations of how workers want to learn is changing at an unprecedented rate. NORCAT understands these complexities and builds meaningful training programs that prepare workers for the in-demand, sustainable and well-paying careers that are critical to the province,” said NORCAT CEO Don Duval in a news release. 

“Over the past three years, NORCAT has invested in integrating not only hands-on experiential training and classroom-based training, but also equipment simulation training and avatar-based learning as part of our blended learning service offerings.”

The centre's Mississauga, Ont. location is one of six offices in NORCAT's global network. Other locations include Sudbury, Onaping, Timmins, Thunder Bay, and Santiago, Chile.

Over the past 25 years, NORCAT has engaged and trained over 325,000 skilled labour workers in Ontario's mining industry. 

“To keep our trade sectors strong, we need to ensure good occupational health and safety practices,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training, and skills development, who spoke at the grand opening. 

“The new office location in the GTA enables NORCAT to more effectively serve the growing base of clients and partners in the GTA construction industry and ensure that the workforce is both productive and safe on the job – all day, every day.”