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Posted on: June 17, 2021

City and Shipyard Announce Partnership to Train and Employ Southeast Community Residents

Workforce development effort combines trades training and wrap-around services


The City of Newport News and Newport News Shipbuilding are partnering on a workforce development initiative with a focus on the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) and the Southeast Community. The initiative will build a hiring and training pipeline in the neighborhood through enrollment in the Hampton Roads region’s Maritime Trades Training Program and other pre-employment programs, as well as wrap-around services to support trainees and encourage success. Those who successfully complete the program will be offered 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 Trades 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 upon graduation. 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.

“Newport News Shipbuilding has played an integral role in our CNI efforts since the start,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price. “We are fortunate to have corporate citizens such as the shipyard who are engaged in the community and truly care about our citizens. This partnership to provide trades training, support services, and employment will have a positive impact on the lives of many of our residents, and at the same time provide a skilled workforce for the maritime industry.”

“We are committed to being a community partner,” said Susan Jacobs, vice president of human resources and administration for Newport News Shipbuilding. “We are pleased to work with the City of Newport News on the Choice Neighborhood Initiative and look forward to building a pipeline of talent from the Marshall Ridley neighborhood for skilled trades positions at Newport News Shipbuilding. This effort will better outcomes and help improve the quality of life for our neighbors.”

Applicants for this initiative must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Newport News (priority consideration given to residents of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood and the Southeast Community); pass a background check, drug screen and physical; and be able to work any shift upon completion of the course. All classes are offered monthly, include 90% hands-on instruction, take place Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and result in a full-time job offer from NNS upon graduation with a starting pay around $19 per hour.

To learn more or to apply for the program, interested residents should 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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