There’s a great blue hole in the
marine industry’s skilled labor force.
The causes are complex, and easy
solutions remain elusive
hen was the last time you saw a kid
changing his or her own car oil or spending hours messing around under the
hood learning how engines work? It’s
a rare sight these days. Between modern high-tech engines and automobile
manufacturers that discourage shade-tree tinkering, young people rarely have
an opportunity to find out whether they
have aptitude or interest in mechanics.
This “skills gap” carries over into the
boating industry, translating into a glut
of available jobs – from manufacturing,
to building, to engine mechanics – with
BY STACEY NEDROW-WIGMORE