HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA (November 2, 2016) — Irving Shipbuilding, Women Unlimited and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are working to address the gender gap in shipbuilding through a unique program for under and unemployed women hosted at NSCC’s Akerley Campus.
Twenty women will be accepted into the second phase of the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence-Women Unlimited Partnership Program. Upon successful completion of a 14-week career exploration program, the female students will enroll in the College’s welding or metal fabrication diploma programs.
Take 100 coins, spread them out on a table, then isolate five of the coins. That paltry five percent represents the number of women among all workers who earn a living in the various trades in Nova Scotia. And only 19.5 per cent of workers employed in technology in the province are women.
NSCC and Irving Shipbuilding team up to help more women work in welding and metal fabrication
Eighteen female students are wrapping up their first semester studying trades at Nova Scotia Community College.
They're scholarship winners through Women Unlimited, a non-profit that promotes trades training as a way to get more women into good-paying jobs and into a field dominated by men.
In September, steel was cut at the Halifax Shipyard and Nova Scotia’s Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy has officially begun. But this cutting of steel also represents an opportunity for more women to get involved in shipbuilding trades.
Partnering with Women Unlimited, Irving Shipbuilding is providing educational funding and job opportunities to women studying welding and fabrication at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). The partnership is an outcome of Irving Shipbuilding’s Centre of Excellence funding which provides Nova Scotians – specifically under-represented groups - with program and training opportunities in the marine industry.
Sydney, Cape Breton —19 skilled and talented women are trained and ready for assembly work with Abengoa after the completion of a two-week Steel Tower Assembly Training Program.
The result of a unique partnership between Abengoa, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (ENL), Women Unlimited and the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO), this program has opened doors for 19 diverse women in a field where they are significantly underrepresented.
HALIFAX, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Irving Shipbuilding in partnership with Women Unlimited to provide education funding and job opportunities to 20 women who will participate in the welding and metal fabrication program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Akerley Campus.