The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship recently held their fourth annual Industry Orientation Day in Annapolis, Maryland.
Candidates chosen to participate in the orientation event enjoyed a day of informational presentations from industry professionals and guided tours of two local marine businesses. The Orientation Day was designed to familiarize the candidates with the recreational boating industry as well as to give MTAM the opportunity to learn about the interests and goals of the candidates to best place them in a six-week on the job training program with a Marine Trades Industry Partnership (MTIP) business.
Training included an overview to the basic systems of a boat, the career paths available in the industry, soft skills training, and a look at how vibrant and vital the recreational boating industry is in Maryland.
Jason Petynia from Mears Point Marina guided the candidates on a walking tour through the docks and grounds of Mears telling the story of his journey from crew on a luxury yacht in Florida to becoming a full-time manager of Mears in Annapolis. The tour of Annapolis Harbor Boatyard by John Norton revealed the inner workings of a full-service yard and brought to life the technical aspects of morning’s presentations.
Conner Perreault, who will be placed at Annapolis Harbor Boatyard, concluded, “The orientation day was a great way to learn about all the possible opportunities the boating industry has to offer.” MTAM said it is pleased to count the event a successful piece of their workforce development efforts.