Massachusetts continues to provide funding for marine workforce

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Technicians remain in high demand at facilities around the country.

Technicians remain in high demand at facilities around the country.

Earlier this month, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker approved the state budget that includes funding for the state’s marine trades association’s workforce development and career technical education program. The MMTA will receive $100,000 for the program in fiscal year 2020.

The MMTA has focused on workforce solutions for Massachusetts’ recreational boating industry. Part of the funds received in the last year were used to support the following industry workforce-related initiatives:

  • Educational curriculum support and collaboration with three vocational schools, Upper Cape Tech, Cape Cod Regional Tech and Greater New Bedford Tech and the American Boat and Yacht Council. The partnership is intended to strengthen the schools’ training programs.
  • Boating industry summer job/cooperative support.
  • Funding for training and tools of the trade for recreational boating industry employees and educational partners.
  • Increased participation and support of various career fairs and training conferences focused on workforce initiatives and on introducing more people to the recreational boating industry. 


The Calm Before the Storm?

Although key measures continued on an upward trajectory and unemployment numbers have fallen, the overall outlook for 2020 remains volatile.