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Making waves in modern shipbuilding – Macleans.ca
by ahnationtalk onJanuary 17, 202042 Views
A two-year program recruits Indigenous students on a pathway to jobs in the Royal Canadian Navy’s $25-billion building boom
Jan 16, 2020
Dylan Francis, a member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, knew he wanted a career in the metal trades. But getting there proved difﬁcult.
In 2015, he earned a two-year college welding technology diploma, imagining a career as an inspector. When he decided to become a welder instead, he could not ﬁnd work on his home reserve and switched to a seasonal job as a ﬁsheries technician.
Four years later, his welding career is back on track because of his participation in a new program that trains and recruits Indigenous and other historically under-represented groups into shipbuilding in Halifax. The industry now is on a $25-billion, 30-year building boom that includes the ﬁrst new combat vessels to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy in 25 years.