Training Programs
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Training Programs

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.

Incumbent Worker and Professional Development

The combination of technological advancements, specialized manufacturing and a quickly greying industry workforce places a special importance on incumbent training and professional development opportunities.

RIMTA co-ordinates and partners with area trainers to offer professional development and certification training on topics such as environmental regulations, OSHA, human resources, and industry roundtable discussions.

Summer Marketing Internship

Through generous support from the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, applications are now being accepted for the 2015 RIMTA Marine Trades Marketing Internship. This six-week program is a great way for individuals from ages 18 to 24 to learn about marketing, public relations and event planning in the recreational marine industry. The program runs for 20 hours per week from July 6 through August 13.  Click here to learn more.

Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program

For the past several years, the industry has offered successful Marine Trades summer programming in the East Bay to well over 100 youth.  During Summer 2015, a new youth boatbuilding program is underway in Newport. RIMTA, in partnership with Newport Area Career and Technical High School, is running a Summer Boatbuilding Program for youth between ages 14-16 who want to learn more about the marine trades.

The six-week program incorporates work experiences, career exploration, leadership development, adult mentoring, basic skills development and job readiness services. Participants gain basic, academic and employment skills, earn their diploma and gain paid work experience, and receive a certificate of completion from RIMTA.