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Irving Shipbuilding to hire veterans

Irving Shipbuilding plans to hire 100 Canadian Armed Forces veterans over the next five years.

Irving, the Department of National Defence, Veterans Affairs Canada and non-profit organizations are working together on the hiring process, the company said in a news release Thursday.

The recruitment process is expected to start immediately. New hires will work in various trades and office positions.

“Canada’s veterans are used to being part of a team serving the country,” said Irving Shipbuilding president Kevin McCoy in the release. “We are proud to provide veterans with the opportunity to come back on a team that is serving the country.”

Irving Shipbuilding currently employs 1,800 workers, with a goal of 2,800 by late 2020.

Irving is building three Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), with HMCS Harry DeWolf predicted to launch this fall. Halifax Shipyard is building up to six AOPS and 15 Canadian Surface Combatants over the next 25 years, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Irving will also be investing $100,000 in scholarships to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation, said the release. The first scholarships will be awarded in the summer of 2019.

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