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More schools support marine industry workforce development

Four new schools have enrolled in the American Boat & Yacht Council’s "Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology” curriculum program during the month of September. The program was built to help secondary and post-secondary schools easily implement standards based marine service curriculum, with an inland or coastal focus. Additionally, a nationally recognized competency certificate is available for program completers who successfully ...

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MBIA boosts workforce development awareness with new video

The latest effort by the Michigan Boating Industries Association to bring about marine workforce and career path awareness includes the commissioning of a video visualizing the appealing setting in which many in the marine industry work – on the water. “Like many industries, we’re facing a severe shortage of workers in the marine industry,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. ...

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NNMA applauds bipartisan efforts to improve workforce development

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law. The bipartisan workforce development legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and improves career and technical education to equip Americans with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. The National Marine Manufacturers Association worked ...

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Magic Tilt Trailers talks tariffs, workforce with Congressional representative

Magic Tilt Trailers’ President and CEO, Craig Clawson, recently met with Congressman Crist in Clearwater, Fla., to discuss key issues facing the industry, particularly tariffs and worker shortages. According to Clawson, “Tariffs are pushing up our costs, forcing us to increase our prices and squeezing our margins.” After the meeting,  Crist toured the Magic Tilt plant and chatted with employees. ...

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Massachusetts workforce bill would help state’s marine industry

A workforce solutions amendment to the Massachusetts Senate Budget Bill recently passed in the state senate. The bill would allocate $100,000 to the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA). Amendment 301 will also allow the marine industry in Massachusetts to become more competitive with neighboring states while keeping marine jobs within the state. It would also help build build and support ...

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Manufacturing Day – Looking out for our future!

Pretty much any time a group of my fellow CEOs get together, the discussion will eventually head toward what many of us describe as our biggest challenge – finding good employees. At Correct Craft, we have manufacturing plants across the U.S. and we offer competitive pay and benefits; however, it is still a challenge to find the employees we need ...

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Summer jobs don’t pay

A recent article on NPR compares the earning power of a summer job in 1982 versus 2017, and for many reasons it should concern the boating industry. In short, the article shows that an average college student receiving no help from parents needed to work either nine hours a day, seven days a week for three straight months or 16 ...

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RIMTA workforce training programs expand

This summer marks a time of expansion for the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association's workforce training programs. RIMTA expanded the number of Summer Boatbuilding Programs being run throughout the state and ran a pilot program for Rhode Islanders who want to work on luxury superyachts. Those who participated in the new Superyacht Crew Training Program, run in partnership with Sarah Baines ...

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Institute of Marine Technology and Warner University create marine technology program

Institute of Marine Technology announced a partnership with Warner University in Florida to start the Marine Technology program on campus in Lake Wales, Florida. The intent of IMT’s Marine Technology program is to prepare individuals for entry-level technician opportunities in the watercraft industry. Students will be able to pursue two courses of action in the Marine Technology program at Warner ...

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Watch out for your stupid gene

We all have our blindspots that get in the way of getting things done. Or as Ben Speciale says, we've all got those places where our "stupid gene" kicks in. If you've ever spent much time talking to the president of Yamaha Marine Group, you know he's passionate about the topic of workforce development and training -- and a pretty ...

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