If you’re a business owner or manager in the marine trades, you know exactly what your workforce challenges are. You may need better ways to cross-train your employees or a large percentage of your most skilled staff is facing retirement You likely have your own unique challenges when it comes to finding the workforce needed to fuel your business–but chances are, you are not alone.
RIMTA keeps a close eye on the workforce challenges member companies face and coordinates workforce-development programs to address those challenges; the organization is also a resource for securing funding to train your existing workforce. RIMTA’s Education & Training Committee oversees these initiatives and RIMTA’s Director of Programs Jen Huber is a valuable resource for members: she guides member companies to the programs and funding opportunities that fit their needs.
If you work in the Rhode Island marine trades but are not using RIMTA as your partner to develop your workforce, you are missing out on one of the most valuable benefits of being a member of RIMTA. Read on to learn about our workforce development programs.
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
The Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is geared to individuals looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions in the marine and composites industries and is coordinated by RIMTA along with area employers and educational providers. This seven-week, hands-on training prepares participants in a wide range of areas–carpentry, welding, rigging, painting, forklift operation, marine systems, safety and other areas–as well as on-the-job experience in a short-term internship. Many employers in Rhode Island have found graduates of this training program to be valuable entry-level employees who are willing to work hard and learn.
Companies who hire a pre-apprentice may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent of the pre-apprentice’s wages for the first 400 hours.
Click here to apply.
Contact Director of Programs Jen Huber for more details on the program. You can also click here for an FAQ on the program.