Seaspan Shipyards Invests $1.35M in Indigenous Marine Skills Training

Seaspan supports skills development and training, particularly in high-demand trades which lead to career paths into Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

So when an opportunity to increase training and apprenticeship opportunities for Indigenous students aged 19 through 30 who are interested in building a career in the trades, including in the growing shipbuilding and marine sector, Seaspan Shipyards stepped up and announced a $1.35 million investment.

The three-year investment is being made in the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS), a non-profit organization that has been providing education and employment training for the urban Indigenous community since 1999.

“Having a continuous pipeline of skilled trades is fundamental to shipbuilding, and programs like ACCESS play a critical role in developing that talent pool. We hope this investment will enable young urban Indigenous students to pursue new and exciting career opportunities in the growing marine industry in British Columbia,” said ­Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards.

Seaspan’s investment in June, 2021, will support skills upgrading and technical training in welding and metal fabrication through the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Beginning in 2022, Seaspan’s investment will also help establish a Trades Sampler Program to introduce Indigenous high school students in five Lower Mainland districts to career opportunities in the trades. Seaspan’s investment will also support an annual $25,000 Seaspan Student Scholarship fund.

Lynn White, President & CEO, ACCESS, expressed her support for the investment, and said, “ACCESS takes pride in serving our urban Indigenous community. Training and employment lead to a brighter future and Seaspan is one of our most valued partners. By providing real opportunity for meaningful and long-term employment, Seaspan expands the ability of ACCESS to support our community.”

This investment is part of Seaspan’s ongoing partnership with the ACCESS organization. Since 2016, Seaspan has invested more than $4.3M in ACCESS as a part of Seaspan’s value proposition commitment under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

To mark the occasion, Seaspan also released a video featuring special messages from several stakeholders and ACCESS students.