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New program offers job training for marine industry

People who are interested in gaining the skills needed to work in the marine industry now have a training opportunity available through the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.

The association’s Marine Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program will offer an intensive, five-week session this summer for those looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions. Applications from qualified candidates are being accepted.

The pre-apprenticeship program will consist of 205 hours of training for people 18 years and older and give participants a pathway to paid employment. The program can also lead to post-secondary or continued apprenticeship training for candidates who want to deepen their skills.

Working with educational and employer partners such as IYRS, the New England Institute of Technology and Hinckley Yachts, the program will give participants hands-on skills training in several entry-level areas, including painting, varnishing, composites, hauling, rigging, fork and Travelift operation, shrink-wrapping, and winterizing and commissioning.

Participants also will receive training in safety procedures, knot tying, tool handling, industry terminology and overall job-readiness skills.

The summer session will be held from July 9 to Aug. 15. Students attend Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The pre-apprenticeship program is free for trainees, but space is limited. Candidates should visit for information and an application.

Completed applications should be emailed to Jen Cornwell ( or mailed to RIMTA, 99 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, RI 02809. Applications must be received by May 31. Questions can be directed to Cornwell by email or by calling (401) 396-9619.