ABBRA holds class for yard supervisors

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Students receive their certificates upon successful completion of ABBRA’s first Step Up to Supervisor class held in Rockland, ME.

Students receive their certificates upon successful completion of ABBRA’s first Step Up to Supervisor class held in Rockland, ME.

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association held its first Step Up to Supervisor class, a two-day program designed to help new or potential bosses better understand what their job would entail.

“There has long been a need to help prepare our new frontline supervisors for what is frequently their first leadership role,” said Pam Lendzion, ABBRA’s executive director, in a statement. “ABBRA’s commitment to this program was met with immediate success.”

The program was held in Rockland, Maine and hosted by the Maine Marine Trades Association. Instructors were Kirk Ritter of Hinckley Yachts, Lendzion, Susan Swanton, an industry expert, Tuesdi Woodworth from Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine and Ben Ford from Verrill Dana law firm in Portland.

“We had engaging instructors and our students were responsive active learners,” said Lendzion. “Our experience in Maine has inspired us to bring ABBRA’s Step up to Supervisor class to many more regions across the country.”

Students in the class were primarily from Maine and represented a range of businesses. Stacey Keefer, executive director of the Maine Marine Trades Association, said her group was pleased that ABBRA chose to roll out the program in the state. “Many of our finest yards sent their new supervisors to this class and we are pleased that we were able to help bring this training to them,” said Keefer.

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