Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium (NFTC) is a not-for-profit organization that was created in 2005 to provide training opportunities to Nunavut beneficiaries interested in pursuing a career in the fishing industry. NFTC provides training opportunities in all careers related to the fishing industry such as:
- Chief Engineer
- Factory Worker
- Factory Supervisor
- Marine Diesel Mechanic
- Quality Control Manager
- Fisheries Observer
- Bridge Officer
- Second Mate
- First Mate
If you are interested in training for one of these careers, NFTC will pay for all your expenses related to training: travel, accommodations, meals, and tuition; and students receive a training allowance.
Start dates for the courses vary. If you are interested in any of the training programs offered, apply now.
NFTC strives to provide the majority of the training courses in Nunavut, either in the community or in Iqaluit. Where facilities do not exist in Iqaluit, NFTC will make arrangements for students to take the course in southern Canada.
Working on fishing trawlers is not for everyone, but it can be a rewarding career. There are lots of jobs available in fishing with locally owned companies. Most fishermen/women will work for 3-6 weeks on a ship, then come home and go fishing again a couple of months later. Fishing can provide a balanced lifestyle. While you will work hard when you are on the ship, you will be paid for your efforts and can then return to your home community in between trips out on the boats.
Working in the inshore fishing industry can be equally rewarding. Generally, this means that you do not have to go out to sea for 3-6 weeks, but will work closer to home catching fish and then preparing them for processing. Working in this area of the fishing industry can be rewarding and also lead to sustainable employment.
Working in a fish processing plant can be a full-time sustainable career. There are many aspects to working in the plant, from handling the fish, to getting the fish ready for market, to supervising the work, as well as handling the financial administration of a fish plant. There are three processing plants in Nunavut, in Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet and Pangnirtung. This may be just the opportunity you are looking for.
Funding for this training program comes from a number of sources:
- Human Resource and Skill Development Canada through the National Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program (ASEP)
- Government of Nunavut
- Industry partners: Arctic Fishery Alliance, Baffin Fisheries Coalition, Cumberland Sound/Pangnirtung Fishery Partnership and Qikiqtaaluq Corporation
- Kakivak Association
- Kivalliq Partners in Development
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
and the Hunters and Trappers Organizations of Nunavut, and Nunavut Arctic College provide in-kind support.