Maryland trade group adds workforce initiative

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland named Lauri Petroy to head the group’s workforce development initiative.

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland named Lauri Petroy to head the group’s workforce development initiative.

The association said the program manager is responsible for developing a comprehensive marketing and outreach campaign to increase the awareness of viable career pathways in the marine industry, recruiting new and experienced workers to jobs in the industry and coordinating additional training for those already in it.

Petroy also will be, along with MTAM executive director Susan Zeller, the liaison for continuing grant proposals for the Maryland EARN, or Employment Advancement Right Now program.

As a project consultant and corporate software trainer at Vertical Marketing Inc. in Virginia, Petroy has experience in database management and marketing, the trade group said.

“We’re excited about the direction that our organization is taking with the promotion of careers in the marine trades and are pleased to have Lauri working on behalf of this effort,” board president and Oasis Marinas manager Eric Bradley said in a statement.

The association said the workforce program manager is the key component of the Marine Trades Industry Partnership, which was formed in 2014 with the help of an EARN grant to target the industry’s workforce needs.

The partnership has grown to more than 50 employers statewide, plus partners that provide training, workforce development specialists and schools aligned to address skills gaps in the recreational boating industry.


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