While at IBEX I attended the workforce development seminar and one of the panelists, Pat Kearns, asked why ‘The Future Boatbuilders of America,’ doesn’t exist.
I pose it to you.
The creation of such a group holds limitless opportunities. Employers could draw from a talented pool of budding designers, electricians, engineers, engine technicians, fiberglass laminators, carpenters, etc.
Such a group would also foster the mentoring program, which was introduced at IBEX. Pat, of the Recreational Marine Experts Group, has been a mentor to 19-year-old Quinton Rubin who works at a marina in south Florida. The two have been learning valuable lessons from each other an, what’s more, the industry could gain a future boatbuilder in Rubin.
I know it takes time and energy to form committees and create an association. But the one that Pat is talking about could be an answer to the skilled labor crisis.
Perhaps a lot of the grumbling heard in today’s soft market can be turned into positive energy by engaging in discussion about forming ‘The Future Boatbuilders of America.’ Worth some thought, at least.