The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) announced that three technical high schools - Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School - are bringing the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) curriculum to their schools starting this fall. The MMTA provided the schools with financial assistance to help pay for the curriculum and some of the textbooks needed to start the programs. This funding was available through the workforce budget amendment the MMTA received last year from the Massachusetts state budget.
Alyssa Linkamper had spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a jet-engine mechanic when, in 2004, she found herself facing the reality of an escalating war in Iraq. She thrived in military culture and loved working with her hands, but as a single mother living in England with a 1-year-old and no family nearby, she worried.
The first engine Abram Kelly-Cruz disassembled was a John Deere lawnmower engine.
"I had no organizational skills; oil was everywhere," Kelly-Cruz said. "I put it back together and noticed four pieces underneath. So I stayed after school and kept putting it back together and actually got it working. It didn't work when I took it apart."
Kelly-Cruz was one of 130 students attending the New England Boat Show's Career Day to learn about the various jobs and hear from industry members, many of whom took an unorthodox path to the positions they hold today.
The most important thing to employees is not what supervisors think, and that is part of the reason managers have a hard time attracting and training talent. That's according to Jim Million, one of many speakers at the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association conference on Thursday, who said that employees want to be appreciated for a job well done.
The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is looking for suggestions on marketing its website to the largest possible target audience.
There is no estimate of how many skilled labor jobs recreational boating industry manufacturers need to fill, but a Workforce Assessment conducted two years ago by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas found that marine dealers would have at least 31,000 service technician positions unfilled by 2019, MRAA president Matt Gruhn told Trade Only Today.
BOSTON - "We need you - "That was the message 3A Marine founder Ed Lofgren gave to students who gathered at the New England International Boat Show to learn about potential careers in the marine industry. "We have a very successful boat dealership," Lofgren said. "I learned along the way it was all based on service. Even my sales were based on service." Lofgren had intended to blanket the South shore of Massachusetts with two additional dealerships, but has been unable to attain his dream, he told a group of about 90 students from Cape Cod, Boston and Maine.
A new website established by a statewide advocacy group aims to attract more people to the marine trades industry - a field that, like many, is seeing a shortage of workers coming into the fold. The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust and the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association have launched massboatingcareers.com, a website that touts the marine trades field and the job opportunities it offers. The site features job listings, information on education and a one-minute video promoting the field and the employment opportunities.