NMMA supports Pledge to American Workers

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association signed president Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers initiative, which tasks industries and companies with providing new education and training opportunities in the next five years.

Addressing the marine industry’s workforce shortage is a top priority for the NMMA, and the association is urging all stakeholders to support the president.

“On behalf of the recreational boating industry, we are honored to sign President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers and look forward to working with his administration on this important initiative,” Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and legal affairs at NMMA, said in a statement. “There are more than 30,000 open jobs in the U.S. marine industry alone, and we stand ready to help expand our national workforce by creating stable, good-paying jobs.”

President Trump on July 19 signed an executive order on workforce development to provide a coordinated process for developing a national strategy to ensure that U.S. students and workers have access to affordable, relevant and innovative education and job training. Focusing on the role that companies play in training the country’s workers, the president created the Pledge to America’s Workers.

Since the executive order was announced, more than 250 companies and organizations have signed the pledge. A list of groups that have signed is here.

To sign the pledge, a company should send an email to workforcepledge@who.eop.gov. Pledges must be signed by July 24.

In other workforce news, NMMA will host a Challenges and Solutions for Workforce Development Super Session on Sept. 30 during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Tampa, Fla.

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