Seaspan Shipyards Collaborates with BC Tech to Grow a Diverse Tech Talent Pool in British Columbia

Seaspan Shipyards announced a collaboration with BC Tech in August 2021 which will see an investment in the Association’s Digital Lift internship program, helping individuals reskill and gain experience to pursue tech careers in high-opportunity sectors, including the marine industry.

Seaspan’s three-year $75,000 investment in BC Tech’s Digital Lift program will help grow and diversify the pool of tech talent in BC to meet the rising demand for technology skills across multiple sectors, including the marine industry. The new program provides skilled individuals including those from under-represented groups with reskilling and hands-on internship experiences. Advanced digital technologies and systems are a rapidly growing part of modern shipbuilding and ship repair/overhaul and are driving the need for more tech talent in the marine space.

“Advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D visualization, and digital twinning are revolutionizing how we build and maintain ships,” said Dave Hargreaves, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Seaspan Shipyards. “Digital transformation has come to the shipyard in a big way. Advanced digital technologies and systems are a rapidly growing part of modern shipbuilding and ship repair/overhaul and are driving the need for more and more tech talent. Initiatives like Digital Lift are key to helping develop these high-demand skills and we are pleased to participate in this program as part of Seaspan Shipyards’ value proposition commitment under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, which is building a strong, robust shipbuilding and marine industry capable of competing on a global scale.”

The internships aim to help Indigenous people, women, rural youth, and mid-career transitioning workers gain real-world experience through a four-month paid, virtual internship at major technology and technology-enabled companies in the province.

The investment is part of Seaspan’s Value Proposition commitments under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The NSS is successfully re-establishing a robust domestic shipbuilding and marine industrial sector in BC and across Canada.

Jill Tipping, President & CEO, BC Tech Association, commented, “BC Tech’s innovative, industry-led Digital Lift program is driven by the purpose and enthusiasm of our consortium partners, like Seaspan Shipyards. We are thrilled to see that they are determined, as we are, to build a more diverse and inclusive tech sector by welcoming talent from under-represented groups into our industry with impactful programs.”

Seaspan has invested more than $24 million to support education, learning, research, and skills development and is focused on reducing barriers for underrepresented groups, bringing a broad range of new talent into the industry and the trades, including more women and Indigenous people, and creating opportunities for youth through internships and apprenticeships.