RIMTA using youth boatbuilding program to combat ‘graying’ workforce

SKIFF WORK: Kirk Cusic, green shirt, executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, works with students on a traditional Westport skiff, as part of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program.  / COURTESY RIMTA/BILLY BLACK
SKIFF WORK: Kirk Cusic, green shirt, executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, works with students on a traditional Westport skiff, as part of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program. / COURTESY RIMTA/BILLY BLACK
A major concern for Rhode Island Marine Trades Association CEO Wendy Mackie is the large number of Ocean State marine-trades and composite-manufacturing workers retiring in recent years. “Everyone knows we have a graying workforce,” she said. “It’s not a joke, it’s a crisis.” RIMTA is combatting those losses and starting young. Launched in 2009 in…

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