Published on Friday, 27th July 2018 - 7:23AM07/27/2018
Youth Program is Part of RIMTA’s Broader Effort to Cultivate Marine-Trades Workforce
Newport (R.I.) July 26, 2018 -- Newport County youth graduating from the Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program, a four-week program coordinated by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) and hosted by Newport Area Career & Technical Center, will showcase their accomplishments at a boat launch ceremony on Thursday, August 2 at 9:00 AM at Fort Adams State Park Beach.
The 80-hour course for 14- to 16-year-olds exposes Rhode Island young people to the skills and careers in the marine industry. This summer under the guidance of Kevin McKiernan, North Providence Marine Tech High School instructor, ten students from Newport County built two GO-ZO prams from ZO Boats (Bristol, R.I.), with support from Aquidneck Custom Composites and Walworth Yacht Designs.
The Newport program is one of three RIMTA youth boatbuilding programs being run this summer (Newport, Bristol, North Providence).
RIMTA youth programs are part of a broader effort to cultivate a marine-trades workforce. Demographic trends such as a graying labor pool and fewer young people opting for hands-on manufacturing careers have made building a marine workforce a key RIMTA priority.
RIMTA’s creative approach in cultivating its workforce--working in close partnership with local marine businesses, schools and funders to run programs for ages 14 and up--has become a model for the U.S. marine industry. As a result, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) commissioned RIMTA to author a national workforce plan for the U.S. marine trades.
The resulting “10+1 Strategy: A Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce” was released this past May. Considered an industry-wide business plan, the guide is sanctioned by 25 national and regional marine-trade associations. According to RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie, the strategies in the 10+1 plan are the result of what RIMTA and its partners have learned over the past decade.
RIMTA Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program – Newport Boat Launch
Thursday, August 2nd / 9:00 AM
Fort Adams State Park Beach, Newport, R.I.
PROGRAM COORDINATORS AND SUPPORTERS: The Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program is coordinated by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, hosted by Newport Area Career & Technical Center, and supported by Real Jobs Rhode Island and the Governor’s Workforce Board.