IYRS holds annual industry career day

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Interest among employers and career seekers hit record levels at the International Yacht Restoration School's Marine Industry Career Day, which was held March 3 at the school's campus in Newport, R.I.

A record 33 marine companies from throughout New England came to connect with people interested in marine careers. More than 150 career seekers traveled from seven states to meet potential employers and attend seminars on career and training opportunities.

“Career Day is now in its seventh running and the event has evolved into a cornerstone of our efforts to cultivate the work force needed to fuel our regional industry,” Susan Daly, IYRS vice president of marketing and chairwoman of the education and training committee for the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, said in a statement.

Companies came to the event with positions to fill, and a recent survey of members of the Rhode Island trade group revealed that 42 percent of respondents plan to hire full-time, part-time and seasonal employees within the next six months.