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Evinrude makes major donation to ABYC to combat technician shortage

Evinrude, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) announced today that Evinrude will donate two million dollars’ worth of Evinrude ETEC G2 3.4L V6 outboard engines to the ABYC Foundation supporting next generation marine technician training. The donation, which is the largest of its kind in history, will support students in high schools ...

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NMMA to expand Boating Career Day efforts at 2019 boat shows

Following the success of its Boating Career Days held during select 2018 NMMA Boat and Sportshows, NMMA will expand upon the effort in 2019 to include a new job fair component for consumers seeking employment in the recreational marine industry. The new expanded Boating Career Day will be held at NMMA’s Progressive Insurance Atlanta, New York, and New England shows ...

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Barletta welcomes local schools for manufacturing days

Eighth-graders learned last week there are good careers available in local industries. Companies partnered with the Horizon Education Alliance to organize industrial tours for nearly 3,000 middle school students in Elkhart County. The week’s effort is being held in conjunction with Manufacturing Day, which actually covers several days. The day usually occurs on the first Friday of October, but because ...

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The US worker crisis

The U.S. is currently in a crisis that is impacting our domestic businesses and will likely have a long-term negative impact on our country. This crisis is impacting almost every U.S. company. It is a crisis that is limiting economic growth and wealth generation in the U.S. and, if not solved, will eventually threaten our national security. In fact, when ...

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Mercury Marine to permanently offer Accelerated Outboard Certification training

Mercury Marine has announced that it will offer additional programming for marine technicians as part of its Mercury University Accelerated Outboard Certification program. The program, which allows a select group of new technicians to become Mercury certified in only three weeks, will become part of Mercury University’s permanent offerings. “Our dealers have been asking for a program that reduces the ...

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Apprenticeship: One approach to tech shortage

Institutions, industry address critical workforce issue The workforce shortage in the marine industry remains in a state of crisis, but companies are taking active steps toward finding and retaining the technicians and skilled laborers of the future. The majority—over 80 percent by some estimation—of marine technicians still gain their core skills through on-the-job training, according to the Marine Career Training ...

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Yamaha’s Joe Maniscalco provides update on YMU initiatives, program

Earlier this year, Yamaha Marine announced it was dedicating substantial resources to Yamaha Marine University initiatives, including a much-anticipated apprenticeship program for developing skilled dealer technicians. Through a combination of technical training materials and hands-on training at Yamaha’s marine training headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., as well as Yamaha Marine’s headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga., marine technicians will be empowered to ...

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