18 November 2020

(Halifax, NS): The partners in the Pathways to Shipbuilding program are launching a new class for Indigenous peoples. The program will be supported by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), GE Canada, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Indigenous Services Canada, and the Government of Nova Scotia, and is designed to train people from groups currently under-represented for careers in shipbuilding. The Pathways to Shipbuilding program is part of Irving Shipbuilding's Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) commitment to bring economic impact to Canada as a result of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

This new class will be for Indigenous students and will start in June 2021. Participants will study at NSCC for a diploma in Pipe Trades and will graduate in early spring of 2023. Selected students will do an eleven-week preparatory course, and then begin formal studies, including work-terms at Halifax Shipyard with Irving Shipbuilding. Upon graduation, 15 successful students who meet hiring requirements will have an opportunity for employment, as registered apprentices, building ships for the Royal Canadian Navy with Irving Shipbuilding as positions are available.

What: Training program for Pipe Trades

When: June 2021 – February 2023

Where: NSCC Institute of Technology Campus – 5685 Leeds Street, Halifax

How to Apply: Contact the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre at

Who should apply:

  • Indigenous People, from Atlantic Canada, interested in careers in shipbuilding in Pipe Trades
  • Must hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Must have high school graduation or equivalent
  • Participants will be required to live in Halifax, Nova Scotia throughout the program
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete Canadian Government Security Clearances

What is Pipe Trades?

Pipe Trades is a comprehensive and integrated program that builds skills in three fields: steamfitting/pipefitting, sprinkler systems and plumbing. In this program, students will develop the skills and knowledge to lay out, assemble, install, maintain and repair the following systems: plumbing and heating, cooling, process pipe and industrial pipe. Students will learn to install and connect piping in buildings or structures, including the tubing for pneumatic or air handling systems. Students also learn to interpret design drawings and develop skills in basic welding

Additional Information for NEOs and Community Organizations

Costs: Program costs will be covered including tuition, student fees, etc. Living allowances will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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For more information, contact:

Tom Ormsby

Director, Communications

Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

(902) 484 4549

(902) 221 5180 Mobile


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