IYRS to host marine industry career day

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Sixth Annual Marine Industry Career Day, which will be held on March 5 at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, will draw marine industry experts and employers who want to connect with individuals interested in marine careers.

This one-day event will give career seekers an opportunity to talk with employers and gather information about hiring trends and technology that will give them an edge in the job marketplace. The event is expected to draw companies from throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

“The marine industry is a dynamic business right now, as companies plan for new production and workforce demands as they pull away from the recession,” said Susan Daly, IYRS Vice President of Programming. “We invited a wide variety of companies this year, as well as speakers who have their finger of the pulse of the industry to educate marine professionals, job seekers, and those considering marine careers in the future.”

Career Day also features an educational element, and three presentations will address current trends and career opportunities in the marine industry.

“In 2010, we saw a hot and cold trend in hiring,” said presenter Neal Harrell, of Brooks Marine Group. “There were spikes of activity, then dips. It was a roller coaster pattern, but nothing consistent. But in the fourth quarter of 2010, we started to see quite an uptick on the hiring front. That has carried over into 2011, and right now, what I see is an all-out war for talent.”

Career Day is free to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IYRS Restoration Hall at 449 Thames Street in Newport.

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