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February 21, 2023

Philly Shipyard is recruiting from all Philadelphia zip codes for apprenticeship program to earn $22/hour

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University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) are launching another collaborative professional development program to train Philadelphia residents for full-time quality-wage careers with employer partner Philly Shipyard Inc., one of the leading shipbuilders in the country.

Philly Shipyard Inc. (formerly Aker Philadelphia Shipyard) is located at the historic Navy Yard and will offer opportunities for graduates to interview for unionized Apprentice positions starting at $22/hour—increased from $17.13/hour. Applications are being accepted for the training program through March 10th, with the program running March 27th through April 17th. Interested applicants can visit to learn more about the program, training dates, and to submit an application.

There will be two virtual information sessions on Wednesday, March 1 and March 8 to provide an overview of the program, recruitment process, and attendees will meet with the employer partner, Philly Shipyard Inc. Registration is now open.

The Shipyard Apprentice Program is the latest program administered by PIDC at the Navy Yard in partnership with WPSI. This program was custom-designed for Philly Shipyard Inc. to connect participants to the tools and supports needed to build a meaningful career in the skilled trades. During the three-week program, participants will earn an OSHA-10 – General Industry Safety Certification, Basic Life Support/CPR certification, and gain exposure to the government and commercial shipbuilding industry.

The Apprentice role is a full-time position earning $22/hour, and Apprentices will have the opportunity to become full-performance tradespersons with a focus on Welding or Shipbuilding. Apprentices are represented by the Metal Trades Council and received wage increases as they progress through the three-year apprenticeship.

Who should apply?

The program seeks goal-oriented, motivated individuals with a desire to obtain full-time permanent employment in the skilled trades at Philly Shipyard Inc. Submit an application by Friday, March 10th at 5 p.m.

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