Newport News Shipbuilding looking to hire thousands by end of 2020

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jun 02, 2020

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - As a record number of Americans search for work, a trend we're starting to see emerge is the desire for jobs that are, in essence, recession-proof. What kinds of careers might be more secure in a bad economy?

News 3 This Morning anchor Blaine Stewart spoke with the person in charge of talent development at Newport News Shipbuilding, Cindi Wolfe, who stressed the shipyard is recruiting new employees right now.

"We have been deemed mission critical," Wolfe noted. "Our products are so essential to our country. We can't shut down. We have to remain open. And we have to continue to hire so we can have the workforce we need.The workforce is so important. They are our greatest asset. And we need these individuals to help us."

Wolfe tells News 3 there is a need for workers with a wide variety of skills, even if they've never worked in the maritime industry in the past.

"Clearly, if you have a manufacturing, industrial, background, that's helpful," Wolfe said. "But also, if you've been in a business environment, even hospitality positions, you're working for a hotel, you'd be surprised, maybe you were a network engineer, there are a lot of positions out there that have transferable skills."

Wolfe stresses Newport News Shipbuilding also hired and trains candidates with no experience, including those who are recently out of school. For a complete list of current open positions at the shipyard, click this link.

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