FAQ for Employers: Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
Q: What is the Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program?
A: The Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is a seven-week program for individuals looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions in the marine and composites industries. The program is coordinated by RIMTA, along with area employers and educational providers.
Q: What do students learn? How many hours of training do they receive?
A: Students get hands-on training in a wide range of areas—from safety training to skill areas such as carpentry, composites, boat building, marine systems, welding, composites, painting and varnishing, forklift operation, rigging and other areas. This instruction gives them an introduction to the skills required to work in the marine trades, and employers continue the training once graduates are hired. Students are also trained in job readiness and customer service. Along with the hands-on training, students do a six-day job shadow, which is a short-term internship with a local employer in an area students are interested in pursuing. Students attend the program full-time, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
Q: When is the program held?
A: Twice a year, with one session ending in the spring and one in the summer. The 2016 Summer Session begins in July.
Q: Who attends the program?
A: The program is open to Rhode Island residents who are over age 18.
Q: How are students selected?
A: Applicants first fill out an online application, and all potential candidates are interviewed. Space is limited, so those who make it to the next stage do a reading and math assessment, as well as a hands-on assessment to gauge their facility with basic tools and safety. The process is multi-step to ensure a good fit—both so students can learn if this is what they want to do, and program organizers can select the best candidates who will become valuable employees in the marine trades.
Q: Do students have a boating background?
A: Boating experience is not required, so program organizers look for candidates who have the interest and aptitude to work in the marine industry. Program organizers welcome candidates who are looking to transfer skills from other trades to the marine industry.