MITEC launches needs analysis survey

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In order to determine true labor market demand-and-supply needs within the marine industry, the Marine Industry Training & Education Council has launched an industry-wide needs analysis campaign, MITEC reported in a release today.

“Our goal is to obtain at least 1,000 responses to give us the quantity of data we seek, both in terms of training requirements and workforce development needs,” said Ed Sherman, director of MITEC’s Professional Development Division.

Once the analysis is completed, anyone working in the marine industry will have access to the information, which will be published on the MITEC Web site The information will benefit marine associations, trade organizations, manufacturers, dealers, yards, groups or individuals applying for both national or state grants, and others who are working to develop marine-training programs.

“Whether an organization applies for workforce development funds, economic development funds, or any type of grant, the very first thing the funding agency will want to see – is a viable need supported by empirical data,” said Steve Kitchin, MITEC chair and vice president, Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology. “Our survey results will clearly demonstrate the marine industry’s needs.”

More than 100 people have responded to the survey so far and MITEC is encouraging all marine-industry employers to participate.

To take the survey, people can click on this link or visit

“This survey is not just for MITEC, but for the entire industry,” said Ed Lofgren, director of MITEC’s Workforce Development Division. “Many marine trade organizations can’t afford to collect regional data on their own, and that can prevent them from going after funding. Once MITEC has completed the survey, the results will be available for any and all to use to attain workforce funds that will grow our industry.”

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