From L to R: Sheldon Simpson (Scholarship), Christopher Sorrentino (Scholarship), Alex Edwards (Manager, Vessel Operations, Marine Operations), Mark Houghton (Chief Operating Officer, Marine Operations)
Ledcor has awarded Chris Sorrentino and Sheldon Simpson the Ledcor Marine-BCIT scholarship for demonstrating enthusiasm and ambition towards their career goals in the Bridge Watchman program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
To meet the employment needs of the rapidly expanding marine division, Ledcor Resources & Transportation partnered with BCIT to offer a unique scholarship to help students in the program become fully-certified deckhands. In order to receive their official Transport Canada-Certified Bridge Watchman’s certification, students must complete 480 hours of watch standing onboard tugs in the field.
Ledcor facilitates this process by rewarding two recipients the opportunity to complete the required hours onboard Ledcor tugs, while also offering them a full-time position once their training has been completed. To allow transitioning into the workforce even more seamlessly, Ledcor fully reimburses the students’ tuition.
The scholarship commenced in Sept. 2014, and the selection process began with a preliminary interview. Following the interview, five students were selected to tour Ledcor’s marine facility in Richmond to experience a 12 hour shift that simulated the daily responsibilities of a deckhand on the water. Although Ledcor considered applicants who have some related work experience, it selected the two students who most prominently displayed passion for the industry, safety awareness, and dedication and motivation for the position, much like Ledcor’s own.
Ledcor’s scholarship program enables students, new graduates and apprentices across North America to pursue and fulfill their career objectives. Designed to assist students in a variety of studies, Ledcor’s scholarship program demonstrates its investment in creating a skilled and innovative workforce.