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De Beers, the international diamond mining company, has significant operations in the Northwest Territories. The company is dealing with the need to improve literacy and basic skills among its employees by addressing the issues both at the work site and within the local communities.
The company’s training programs emphasize customized instruction, flexibility and self-study. Within the local communities, De Beers introduced a “Books in Homes” program that has supplied about 21,000 new books to students. Employees visit the communities to promote the importance of reading and staying in school.
Operating in the Northwest Territories poses some particular challenges for the company. For instance, while English is the official language of work at De Beers, it is not the first language for many Northern residents. The company has responded by hiring two Aboriginal employees who speak Chipewyan and Tlicho and can help with any language difficulties.
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