Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has launched a program to give Indigenous students the education, support, and resources they need to work in the shipbuilding industry. The program is a partnership between NSCC, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Irving Shipbuilding, GE Canada, Unifor, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Government of Canada
The Pathways to Shipbuilding Indigenous Education and Apprenticeship Pilot Program is customized to fit the needs of Indigenous students on their path to a career.
Participants learn and work together, are mentored and coached by community and industry, and get work experience at the Halifax Shipyard. After a 14-week introductory program, students enter the two-year Metal Fabrication Program at NSCC’sAkerley Campus.
“It’s an honour to be part of this incredible partnership, which creates a pathway for a class of determined students. These individuals will have the chance to invest the skills and education they receive into building Canada’s future naval fleet,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux.
Irving Shipbuilding is working to strengthen the Canadian marine industry through projects like this, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
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