The American Boatbuilders and Repairers Association is addressing the U.S. recreational marine industry’s workforce needs, challenges and solutions next week at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.
ABBRA has been conducting a nationwide industry survey to gather data on the skill level of the current workforce, basic demographic information on workers, hiring needs, labor shortages, areas of skill deficiency and effective training solutions.
The survey is being distributed throughout the country via each region’s marine trades association. Employers that have not yet received it can click here to take the survey.
"I encourage every recreational marine industry employer in the U.S. to complete this important survey," ABBRA executive director Pam Lendzion said in a statement. "The resultant data will be a powerful tool — both to define our existing workforce and to help us create solutions for building a workforce that meets the technological challenges of our industry."
Results of the survey will be part of a follow-up working session with experts to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the IBEX conference in Louisville Ky. Click here to register to attend the session.
The IBEX day-long Super Session titled "Help Wanted — How to Find, Train and Retain a Quality Workforce for Your Business" is being produced by ABBRA, the Maine Marine Trades Association and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.
The speakers include industry experts, Department of Labor representatives, grant writers and training organizations that are focused on developing a technically skilled workforce for the recreational marine industry.
Steve Kitchin, vice president of corporate education at the New England Institute of Technology, will moderate the session.