British Columbia and Nova Scotia have signed an agreement affecting shipbuilding industries in both provinces.

The pact strengthens workforce co-operation and trades training between the regions.

It recognizes the unique training requirements for the shipbuilding and marine industries and commits both provinces to developing new ways to teach apprentices.

The agreement also aims to remove red tape that slows certification and employment opportunities for apprentices.

Nova Scotia's acting Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Karen Casey says the partnership will help businesses build exports and take advantage of spin-off opportunities on both coasts.

The pact is a result of an agreement-in-principle signed by Premier Christy Clark and Premier Stephen McNeil during a meeting of Canada's premiers last summer.