NSCC-Irving MOU to boost diversity in shipbuilding trades

October 26, 2012

On October 19, Nova Scotia Community College and Irving Shipbuilding signed an MOU designed to boost the diversity of the workforce in the shipbuilding trades. Under the MOU, Irving will contribute $250,000 each year during the lifetime of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy programs to create a Centre of Excellence at NSCC, as well as support recruitment and training efforts for underrepresented students in the trades, such as women, First Nations, African Nova Scotians, and people with disabilities. The provincial government says the MOU "is an important step in making sure that as jobs are created, opportunities are also available for people that have too often not received the economic benefits of participating in the workforce." The winner of a $25-billion federal contract to build 21 combat vessels, Irving expects to hire approximately 1,500 workers over the next 8 to 10 years. NS News Release | Chronicle-Herald