Program encourages women to consider careers in boatbuilding

Women Unlimited Students

Nov 23, 2016

LUNENBURG NOVA SCOTIA (November 14, 2016) The Women Unlimited Association and the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association have joined forces to encourage more women to consider careers in boatbuilding.

Through a unique partnership program in Lunenburg County, ten women are well on their way to building their futures as Boatbuilders and Marine Service Technicians. The program began with a 14-week Career Exploration Program specifically designed to expose the women to opportunities in the boatbuilding sector and all of the related trades. They are also engaging with industry through an array of providers including The Dory Shop, Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering and ABCO Industries.

Located at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Lunenburg Campus, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and at The Dory Shop, this unique program also offers hands-on experiences with NSCC and with industry, an orientation to the Marine Service Technician Trade, and direct entry apprenticeship opportunities with local employers. With support from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, this exciting and innovative program is opening up opportunities to diversify the workforce in a sector experiencing a critical shortage of skilled trades workers.

About the Women Unlimited Association

Women Unlimited is a not-for-profit provincial organization in Nova Scotia that supports diverse women to build careers in the trades and technology fields. Since 2006, more than 650 diverse women have participated in Women Unlimited programs across the province. Learn more at

About the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) was established in 1998 by a small group of leading boatbuilders who shared a common vision of growing and diversifying this maritime industry beyond its original domestic fishing boat market. From a modest beginning, the association’s membership has grown to include 38 boatbuilding companies and 57 companies supplying products and services to the industry.


Doreen Parsons CEO, Women Unlimited, Cell: (902) 452-1061
Chip Dickison, Training & Certification Coordinator, NSBA, Cell: (902) 401-2442


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