KING 5 News reports that an aging maritime workforce means that men and women are needed for jobs ranging from entry level deckhands to mechanics and captains.
And it’s not just “on-board” jobs that are opening up – the Prosperity Partnership’s recently completed Regional Economic Strategy and Economy Report point out that a change in federal law and advances in fish factory design means that 400 fishing boats will be built over the next 25 years in the U.S. This means local companies will need shipyard pipefitters, welders, machinists, project managers and network engineers and more.
Many of these “dockside” positions have always required specialized education, but new regulations require on-board workers have more training and certifications to work on a vessel. One of the Regional Economic Strategy’s top action initiatives focuses on working with the maritime industry to coordinate training needs with resources.
Some of the efforts underway include:
- The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County maritime employers panel.
- The National Working Waterfront and Waterways Symposium from March 25 to 28 in Tacoma.
- The Port of Seattle’s Century Agenda’s maritime workforce development strategies.
- The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s panel on the maritime industry on March 28.