Tag Archives: Workforce

The SkillsUSA Reveille

By Margaret Podlich Thousands of polite, pulled-together, 16-22 year olds descended on Atlanta during a sweltering week in June. They hailed from high schools, post-secondary technical schools, and community colleges from around the country. All students were required to dress appropriately for their trade, so some were in white double-breasted chef coats, others in pressed Carhartt khaki top and bottom ...

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Education must be the culture

By Matt Edmundson We all know of the skills gap, but is it different for us in the marine industry? What trade other than a marine technician must have such a versatile skill set to be successful? How do we find and train new techs? Compared to similar industries such as automotive or aerospace, the marine industry has historically not ...

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Workforce development: Working towards the future

By Jamie Stafford It seems that this has been the decade of novel challenges. Supply chain shortages continue to plague the global economy as we all grow weary of new strains of Covid-19. Unfortunately, supply chain issues are not the only shortages on hand. The marine industry is no stranger to workforce insufficiency, but now more than ever, this critical ...

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Brunswick Boat Group hosts annual training course

Sea Ray, Bayliner and Heyday recently came together in St. Augustine, Florida for a week-long, hands-on gelcoat repair training course.  “Our instructional program is designed to train techs from our dealer partners so that they can be more efficient with their warranty service while ensuring that they deliver a high-quality repair,” said Tammie Chapman, Senior Manager, Warranty, Brunswick Boat Group. ...

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Industry readies for Marine Service Technician Week

To bring awareness and recognition to the hard-working professionals who keep boats safe, reliable and enjoyable, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has designated the last week in April as “International Marine Service Technician Week.” From April 24­–30, ABYC will publish ABYC Certified Technician profiles and feature social media contests with prizes. Marine businesses, associations, and boaters are encouraged ...

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NMEA, Veterans Florida partner on workforce development

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced a collaboration with Veterans Florida to help the marine electronics industry-wide labor shortage by bringing in qualified veterans who are looking for a career after exiting their military service. “Florida has the largest marine industry of any state, along with the largest membership demographic for NMEA,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president & ...

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Great Lakes Boat Building School receives EDA Grant

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.7 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Great Lakes Boat Building School, in Cedarville, Michigan, to construct a 10,000-square-foot school expansion, establish new boat-docking infrastructure and purchase additional marine electronics testing equipment. This project will more than double training capacity ...

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Mercury Marine partners with high schools for workforce development

Mercury Marine achieves Green Masters designation

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, has provided its Mercury University curriculum along with 90hp FourStroke outboard engines and tools to high schools in Florida, New York and Virginia to help prepare the next generation of marine service technicians and address the industry’s workforce shortage. In a survey conducted by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas prior to ...

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Tiara makes donation to boat building school

The Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) received a transformational gift of $75,000 from Tiara Yachts in support of incoming students and the “Come Aboard, Launch Careers” capital campaign that will increase the school’s capacity for educating future generations of marine professionals. “Tiara is not an assembly plant, we strongly believe in what we are doing by translating our passion ...

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Skilled trades education may be making a comeback

By David Gee Ask anyone in the recreational boating industry about some of the biggest issues facing the industry – and we have asked, through surveys, at our Boating Industry ELEVATE Summit industry panel discussion and during our Boating Industry Leadership Council meetings – and workforce development is always at the top of the list. It’s an industry-wide, nationwide problem.  ...

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