Maryland trade group seeks summer apprentices

Applications are available for summer apprenticeships with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.
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Applications are available for summer apprenticeships with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.

There are three components to the training, which the trade group said will ensure that participants are ready for advancement and that employers receive work-ready individuals.

The levels include:

Immersion for Eligibility Training: a two-day course taught by the Annapolis School of Seamanship that focuses on an overview of the industry, basic tool handling, workplace safety, boat handling and dockside training, plus customer service and job-readiness training. The course will be held at Camp Letts in Anne Arundel County during the last weekend in April.

Six-week paid summer internships: Many of the completers of the eligibility training course will be matched and placed in paid internships at a variety of Marine Trades Industry Partnership employers throughout the state for continued structured learning, worksite mentorship and paid work experience. The trade group said it has internships available all over the state.

Work Placements: Once on the job, summer interns’ progress will be evaluated through biweekly meetings with the workforce development coordinator and monthly written reviews with employers. Employers will review applications and participate in interviews and the intern selection process. Employers will provide workplace mentors for on-the-job training components.

The ideal candidates for the training will be high school or GED completers who are 18 to 24 years old, physically capable and enjoy being on or near the water. The majority of recruitment efforts will be focused on attracting young people at the beginning of their career path.

Eighteen months ago the trade group launched a collaboration between EARN Maryland (Employment Advancement Right Now) and the Marine Trades Industry Partnership, a group of employers in the recreational boating industry.

The effort works to create a sustainable workforce through a summer paid apprentice/internship program, incumbent worker training, the cultivation of an engaged employer base and the promotion of training and employment opportunities for the marine trades in Maryland.

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