Industry mentoring program to debut at IBEX

BROOKLIN, Maine – Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference have formed an IBEX Mentoring Program to help build a base for the next generation of skilled workers throughout the industry, the organizers said in a release this week.

The year-round program will make its debut on Oct. 9th, the evening prior to the opening of this year’s IBEX.

“‘Mentoring’ is an age-old expression and relationship,” said Carl Cramer, co-director of IBEX. “Its origins stem from Greek mythology, and it means the imparting of learned knowledge and skills from a friend or teacher to someone new to a trade or craft. IBEX is a perfect site to introduce this concept to the marine trades, on an industry-wide basis. The program will continue year-round, and will build a base for the next generation in boat building, design, repair, systems, survey, yard, and others allied to the trade.

“During the 17 years we have been producing IBEX, we have had the great good fortune to learn from so many qualified teachers as part of our seminar programs. The essential components are teachers (mentors), newcomers (mentees), organizers (IBEX), and sponsors (those who believe in the program). Our slogan is ‘Bringing hands, souls, and minds together to build a future in the marine industry.'”

There will be a welcome and meet reception for participants – mentors, mentees, and sponsors – on Oct. 9.

“The IBEX Mentoring Program is a great platform for seasoned industry professionals to help educate those new to IBEX and guide them beyond the show as they find their place in the industry,” said Kathleen Clickett, co-director of IBEX. “We are excited about the initial feedback from the industry and look forward to the roll-out of this program at IBEX 2007.”

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