NMMA produces workforce reference guide

Companies provide case studies on how they train new employees.
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The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it developed a resource for companies to address workforce retention. The organization worked with member companies to develop the Best Practices Reference Guide, Tips and Tools to Retain and Grow Your Workforce.

Marquis Yachts detailed its work-release program with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, which has added more than two dozen employees in two years. It identifies inmates serving sentences at a minimum-security facility and allows them to work at local companies.

Safe Harbor Marinas is piloting an apprenticeship program and bringing in recruiting specialists to help the company find more seasoned talent. Safe Harbor says this is one component of a company-wide initiative to create training opportunities for employees.

Yamaha has been using NMMA Career Days to offer a platform to connect with students, along with educational and industry organizations, to create awareness of the Yamaha Marine University. The engine manufacturer says it has connected with nearly 600 potential workers.

Regal Marine operates Regal Technical University, which is a partnership with Valencia Community College to train new workers before they join the Orlando, Fla.-based builder. The focus is on assembly and soft sills, and the training provides an industry certification to ensure funding and higher pay for starting jobs.

Through its IMPACT (Improving my Personality and Character Traits) Ministries, Regulator offers a 13-week job-rotation program to candidates from the local community, with the potential to connect them to full-time employment. Apprentices are selected through a formal interview process with IMPACT mentors, and weekly feedback is offered to each apprentice who becomes a full-time employee.


Comeback Kings

The Florida facility that used to produce Sea Ray yachts is now building the Sundancer 350 and the SLX 400 Outboard.