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Shipyard Skilled Trades Trainees Wanted

NEWPORT NEWS—Interested in training for a job in the shipbuilding industry? As part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the City of Newport News is partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding to recruit, train, and prepare residents of the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood and Southeast Community for a range of marine trades careers.

The initiative utilizes the Maritime Trades Training Program and other pre-employment programs to build a hiring and training pipeline in the neighborhood. Successful graduation from the training course will lead to an offer of full-time employment with Newport News Shipbuilding at a starting pay of around $19 per hour.

Newport News Shipbuilding, in collaboration with Virginia Ship Repair Association, other local training facilities, and several local community colleges, offers the Maritime Trade Training Program. This course-to-hire marine trainee program includes hands-on training in the following trades: shipfitter, deck electricians, welder, sheet metal worker, marine coatings, pipe insulator, pipefitter, and outside machinist. The two- or three-week training courses provide trainees the skills they need to begin full-time trades careers with Newport News Shipbuilding. This no-cost, fast training can lead to high wages and great benefits for residents. Wrap-around services available to eligible applicants could include tuition costs, steel-toed boots, childcare, transportation, and financial counseling.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Newport News. Priority consideration will be given to residents of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood and the Southeast Community. Applicants must also pass a background check, drug screening, and physical. Individuals must be able to work any shift upon completion of the course. All classes are offered monthly, including 90 percent hands-on instruction, and take place Monday–Friday from 7:00am–3:30pm.

To learn more or to apply for the program, contact Joy Robison with the Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center, 550 30th Street, Suite 102, at 757-975-5300, or robisonje@nnva.gov.

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