Members of the Marine Trades Industry Partnership are hosting 30 young adults at a weekend immersion training session Friday through Sunday as an introduction to careers in the recreational boating industry in Maryland.
The course will be taught by the Annapolis School of Seamanship and employer partners of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.
The training weekend, organized by MTAM, is part of the ongoing workforce development initiative the association said it has aggressively led for the past two years.
This training module focuses on the new worker with an immersion training weekend and placement in six-week summer internships with employer partners.
Attracting and training a workforce for the recreational boating industry has reached a critical point in Maryland as business owners face serious staffing shortages, the association said.
The Marine Trades Industry Partnership was formed to create awareness for careers in the marine industry, attracting a youthful workforce, igniting a passion for the industry, creating optimal industry training and building a sustainable workforce for the marine trades.
“The great news for our state is that this growing $2 billion industry and the many jobs associated with it cannot be outsourced,” MTAM president Eric Bradley, of Oasis Marinas, said in a statement.