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RIMTA program gives teens industry experience

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association is sponsoring a six-week work-and-learn program for 21 young people as part of its effort to grow the industry.

A group of 14- and 15-year-olds is working to build skiffs, according to an RIMTA release. Another group, ages 16 to 24, is creating a marketing program to promote ocean sustainability. Both groups hope to enhance their knowledge of the marine industry as well as learn job-readiness skills.

The teens will work for 20 paid hours a week and will present their final projects Friday, Aug. 17.

“Rhode Island Marine Trades Association partners with several partners to ensure we have the funding necessary to make the Summer Work and Learn Programs a success,” RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie said in the release. “The primary funding sources for these programs are Job Development Funds through the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island.”

Because of the limited funding available through this source, RIMTA has also leveraged funding from the Governor’s Workforce Board and received a $2,500 donation, Mackie said in the release.

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