Nineteen students participating in the two-year Pathways to Shipbuilding Program for African Nova Scotians who were just weeks away from completing their Welding Diploma program from Nova Scotia Community College when Covid-19 disrupted studies and schedules have been able to resume program thanks to a sponsorship by Irving Shipbuilding and continued support from our key community partners; East Preston Empowerment Academy, the YMCA, Employment Nova Scotia, NSAA and CWB.
After successfully completing their in-class study (and some virtual study due to Covid-19), the students arrived at Halifax Shipyard this week to complete their four required tickets in Flux Core Arc Welding in preparation for their CWB testing. These four FCAW tickets will allow the students to move into roles at Halifax Shipyard and join the team of Canada's National Shipbuilders.
The Irving Shipbuilding sponsorship includes tuition and testing fees for the students.
“I’m so pleased the students in the Pathways to Shipbuilding program had the opportunity to consolidate their Welding Diploma program learning with practical training at Irving Shipbuilding," said Terrah Kenner, NSCC Dean, Access Education and Language. "NSCC is proud to partner with Irving Shipbuilding in developing their new workforce to build Canada’s ships.”
"On behalf of the EPEA Board of Directors, I want to thank Irving Shipbuilding for creating this four week training opportunity for our Pathways to Shipbuilding students", said Danielle Hodges on behalf of the Board. "COVID-19 has required many of us to make changes to our regular routines and Irving Shipbuilding’s commitment to ensure these students have the best possible learning opportunities is appreciated. This truly is a partnership that works."
The students underwent a two-day comprehensive orientation and safety training when they arrived at the shipyard and are now working with instructors in the on-site Training Academy and welding shop.