Prospecting, Exploration and Mining of Gold-bearing Minerals Project  

Country: Colombia
Project location within country: Bogota, the department of Bolivar and the department of Antioquia
Duration: Three years
Budget: Approximate value of services: $350,000
Project status: Complete

Project description

Saskatchewan Polytechnic delivered a 3-year Education for Employment program for Colombia's Prospecting, Exploration and Mining of Gold-bearing Minerals Project. Saskatchewan Polytechnic worked with Colombia’s National Training Service, SENA, to revise and introduce a new and relevant mining curriculum for prospecting, exploration and mining gold and minerals.

The project transferred Canadian know-how and experience in developing appropriate training programs for the mining sector and is tailored to the needs of participating communities – Bolívar and Antioquia, and SENA to provide better services to those communities. 


To support SENA in the development and upgrading of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs for the mining sector, focusing on prospection and exploration. The partnership between SENA and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, aimed to support the improved socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable youth, particularly young women. The project focused on vulnerable young women and men who have long been deprived of the benefits of education and training, and normal economic and social development, due to the long-standing conflicts in the communities where they reside. 


Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje - SENA 


The project achieved the following results:

  • Trained more than 100 instructors in the following:
    • Conducted a learner and industry needs assessment
    • Curriculum development – DACUM 
    • Teaching methodologies – applied education 
    • Industry engagement
    • Technical training: GPS/GIS, exploration and prospecting techniques 
    • Incorporating essential skills in curriculum development and delivery
    • Applied research 
  • Developed a prospecting program 
  • Piloted a Map and Compass course to 15 disadvantaged youth in the village of Minas Vapour
  • Developed mine safety audit processes and procedures 
  • Delivered 82 school kits to the local elementary school

Contact us

Angela Wojcichowsky, Director, International Partnerships & Projects 
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, 20th St.
200 – 226 – 20th Street East | PO Box 1520,
Saskatoon SK  S7K 0R6 Canada