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From Irving Shipbuilding

The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE),
in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding Inc., released today the results of a Marine
People Partnership report intended to inform the development of a sustainable
national marine industry workforce.

Dr. Sherry Scully, Marine People Partnership from Irving Shipbuilding on Vimeo.

The Marine People Partnership report addresses the challenges,
needs and opportunities for strategic workforce development in the greater marine
industry, which includes shipbuilding and ship repair sectors, as well as the
companies that directly and indirectly support them.

IORE developed the report with funding received through Irving
Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition commitment under the National Shipbuilding
Strategy (NSS). NSS is designed to create a future of certainty for Canada’s
shipbuilding industry and the companies that support it.

The Marine People Partnership report identifies six priority areas that
comprise common challenges to workforce development in the marine industry,
nationally, including:

  • The history of boom and
    bust;
  • The socialization and normalizing
    of workforce mobility;
  • Social and systemic
    challenges to attracting talent in skilled trades;
  • Developing essential
    skills, workplace skills and 21st century competencies;
  • Developing workforce
    capability among under represented workers; and,
  • Developing management and
    leadership capability.

In addition to the priority areas, the report also examines issues
relating to workforce development in skilled trades and technology roles, in
unionized environments, and of professionals.

The
report identifies 25 recommendations to address the priority areas including:

  • Improving career literacy
    among young people and their parents;
  • Integrating more 21st
    century competencies into apprenticeship and technology training;
  • Developing more in-house
    training for customized marine oriented skills and knowledge;
  • Engaging unions to help
    actively build a stronger learning culture; and,
  • Improving the ocean
    literacy of our young people by building interest, engagement, awareness and
    knowledge base.

Since being selected in 2011 as Canada’s Combatant Shipbuilder under
the NSS, Irving Shipbuilding has undertaken a number of initiatives to develop
the workforce responsible for Canada’s future fleet.

The Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence has been established in
partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) to develop academic
curriculum and state-of-the-art training facilities for marine industry trades.

To enhance ocean literacy and awareness of careers in the shipbuilding
industry among youth and their parents, the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of
Excellence offers shipbuilding summer camps to youth across Nova Scotia in
partnership with SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University, and offers school outreach
including a shipbuilding activity day in grade six classrooms.

Irving has established partnerships with industry, union, Government
and community organizations to offer education, apprenticeship and career
opportunities to underrepresented workers through programs such as Women
Unlimited, Pathways to Shipbuilding and the NSCC Centre of Excellence Bursary
Program. As identified in the report, women, Aboriginal Canadians, visible
minorities and people with disabilities have largely been underrepresented in
shipbuilding, and Irving Shipbuilding is working to change that.

Irving has also recruited shipbuilders from the most established global
shipbuilding leaders to help mentor, lead and train the Irving Shipbuilding
workforce, which is over 95% Canadian workers, in modern shipbuilding
techniques and establish Halifax as a shipbuilding centre of excellence, while
cultivating domestic talent and experience. Currently, over 1,200 skilled
trades and professionals are employed with Irving with that number expected to
double during the peak of the NSS project.

The full Marine People Partnership Report is available for download
here http://shipsforcanada.ca/images/uploads/Final-Report-October-2015.pdf

Information on Irving Shipbuilding’s workforce development initiatives
is available at www.shipsforcanada.ca


Quotes:

“A strong, sustainable marine industry and workforce puts Canadian shipbuilding at
the forefront of innovation and longevity. Our people are our greatest resource
and a proper strategy to develop and grow our workforce is critical to ensure
Canadians benefit from the good paying, stable jobs created through the
National Shipbuilding Strategy. By developing our workforce, we can assure we
deliver the best value to Canada.”

Kevin McCoy, President, Irving Shipbuilding Inc

“For young people to become
interested in a career in a particular industry, they need to have awareness of
it. The National Shipbuilding Strategy will bring predictability and stability
to the marine industry and build confidence that this is an industry worth
investing in in terms of workforce development and infrastructure. If there is one great outcome of the NSS, it is elevating the profile of the marine industry and the opportunities within it.”

Dr.
Sherry Scully, Director of Learning and Organizational Development, IORE

About the Marine People Partnership

The Marine People
Partnership (MPP) was established to explore workforce development issues and
advise on a national human resource development strategy. Conceived from Irving
Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition commitment under the National Shipbuilding
Procurement Strategy, the objective of the MPP is to propose objective and
relevant recommendations aimed at overcoming challenges to developing a highly
trained, skilled and available workforce.

About IORE

Ocean expertise abounds on
Canada’s east coast. In Nova Scotia alone, ocean-related activity generates $5
billion in revenue and produces 60,000 jobs – 14 per cent of provincial
employment. More than 10 per cent of all researchers in Atlantic Canada are
focused on oceans. And an increasing number of private sector companies are
discovering new economic opportunities in key ocean-related sectors. The
Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) exists to align these assets to
benefit the region and the marine science and marine technology sectors. By
brokering partnerships among industry, universities, government and private
institutions, IORE is working to enhance both the competitiveness of ocean
industries and our knowledge base.

About Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) is part of the J.D. Irving, Limited Group of
companies which includes operations in Agriculture, Construction &
Equipment, Consumer Products, Energy, Food, Forestry & Forestry Products,
Retail & Distribution, Transportation & Logistics, and Shipbuilding
& Industrial Fabrication. ISI’s primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with four
other locations in the Maritime Provinces. ISI was selected in 2011
as Canada’s Combatant Shipbuilder under the merit-based National Shipbuilding
Strategy (NSS) and is in the early stages of a 30-year military shipbuilding
program. To date ISI has awarded over $1 billion in NSS contracts to over 200
Canadian companies creating over 9,000 direct and indirect jobs.

For more information, please contact:

Sean Lewis

Director,
Communications

Irving
Shipbuilding Inc

Work: (904)
484-4595, Cell: (902) 240-6964

lewis.sean@irvingshipbuilding.com

www.shipsforcanada.ca

Jim Hanlon

Chief
Executive Officer

Institute for Ocean
Research Enterprise

Work:
902-494-4410

jim.hanlon@iore.ca

www.iore.ca