14 Feb 2013

American Samoa shipyard keen on apprenticeships

12:07 pm on 14 February 2013

The American Samoa Shipyard Service Authority, which oversees and manages the government owned shipyard, is planning to implement an apprenticeship to train young people to work in the industry.

The authority's vice chairman, David Robinson, says the shipyard has a full work schedule from now until May this year and expects more work on purse seiners from Tri Marine International during the year.

He says staff will continue to be fully employed and earn good wages and the spin-off in dollar terms to the economy continues to increase.

As the shipyard authority will have to employ some more staff to handle the increased work load, a recognized apprentice scheme is ideal.

The governor is expected to appoint today five new members to the board of the Shipyard Service Authority.