Workforce Development

“Hard Stuff Done Right” applies to everything we do at Huntington Ingalls Industries, including workforce development.

We believe businesses share in the responsibility of developing a skilled workforce, so we invest more than $110 million a year in workforce development, education and training initiatives—from the apprentice schools at our Newport News and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions … to academic partnerships with two- and four-year colleges and universities … to STEM investments in elementary, middle and high schools. HII even makes long game investments in early childhood education.

Workforce Development Facts

Investing in a Skilled Workforce

HII’s divisions are engaged in a wide range of workforce development efforts — from Newport News Shipbuilding’s support of the Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem and the Virginia Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program, to Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Talent Development Labs and Shipbuilder Academy, to Technical Solutions’ partnerships with the U.S. Navy’s Fleet & Family Support Centers in Virginia.

Supporting Education

The HII Scholarship Fund provides early childhood readiness and post-secondary scholarships for children of HII employees. It was established in 2016 and is funded primarily by HII President and CEO Mike Petters, who declines all but $1 of his annual salary. Since its establishment, the fund has awarded or renewed 980 scholarships totaling more than $2 million, providing education opportunities to 550 students.

Signing Day

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division is transforming workforce development with its Signing Day and Future Shipbuilder Discovery Day initiatives. Since 2016, Ingalls Shipbuilder Academy has helped fill the industry skills gap by providing students across the region with a strong foundation in the maritime industry. More than 200 students have successfully completed the program and more than 100 have accepted job offers at Ingalls to date.

HII’s commitment to developing a workforce that is second to none is supported by many generations of employees who are instrumental in making our company a leader in the industry.

Leadership Commitment

HII also has more than 30 senior leaders actively engaged in national, state and local organizations focused on workforce development, including the Aerospace Industries Association’s Workforce Council, the American Apprenticeship Round Table, the National Maritime Education Council, the Virginia Workforce Council and Mississippi’s State Workforce Investment Board.
Mike Petters addresses Virginia Workforce conference

Workforce Development in the News

CEO Communications

HII President and CEO Mike Petters is a nationally recognized thought leader on workforce development—specifically on the subject of early childhood education and its implications for national security.

Executive Communications

Investing in Children Today—Ensuring a Quality Workforce Tomorrow,” April 22, 2015, by Bill Ermatinger