Directors of the Global Marina Institute met in Amsterdam prior to the Metstrade show to reflect on marina education and training during the past three years and map out strategies.
GMI education delivery partners, British Marine and the Marina Industries Association have increased the number of countries in which GMI courses have been delivered from eight in 2015 to 13 this year across the UK/Europe, Middle East and Asia/South Pacific regions. Paralleling this has been a 20 percent boost in GMI course participation.
GMI chairman John Hogan said he was very pleased with the growth, which reflected growing demand in emerging markets and a growing industry awareness of the importance of marina training.
“Well-trained staff provide a marina with a competitive edge,” Hogan said in a statement. “The consumer is demanding a better service and marina owners are wanting to increase business productivity. All these factors are driving demand for quality training. The growth in demand also reflects increased awareness of GMI-endorsed courses.”
GMI expects to conduct courses in two additional European markets next year and expand the cooperation between the training partners with joint marketing of a marina and boatyard study tour.
GMI said it recognizes the need to certify more of the senior marina personnel. The growth in Certified Marina Manager and Certified Marina Professional designations has not matched the growth in marina course participation during the period.
The next three years should see a continued expansion of GMI courses into more countries and an associated growth in participation, Hogan said.
“We will also be increasing our focus on certification,” Hogan said. “The industry needs strong leadership and certification. Including continuing professional development is a proven pathway to achieving this.”