Addressing issues that impact the bottom line.
One of the critical challenges facing the maritime industry is the lack of technically skills craft professionals–a challenge that continues to grow as the industry’s current workforce ages, and competes with other industries for a dwindling labor pool. These and other workforce issues lead to the establishment of the NMEC.
Through NCCER–a not-for-profit 501(c)3 education foundation established originally by the construction industry to develop standardized curricula with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage–NMEC is working to fund and develop a national Workforce Development program for the maritime industry that includes:
- Modularized, industry-driven, task-based curricula
- Portable skills credentials
- A proven system to accredit instructors and facilities to ensure te quality of instruction
- A proven system to certify individuals who successfully complete training through validated knowledge and skills assessments
- A national registry to record certifications and to provide individuals and employers with training transcripts and assessment results
- A sustained career awareness, industry image, and recruitment initiative
The benefits of this initiative are clear:
- Lower hiring and recruitment costs
- Increased productivity
- Lower absenteeism rates
- Fewer lost time accidents
- Reduced rework and defects
- Increased morale
- Ability to remediate at task level
Increased ROI is one significant benefit of a formal workforce development system. An increased pipeline of technically skilled workers is another. The modularized, industry-driven curricula provides flexibility in that each task-oriented module can be used for specific task training, remediation, or as part of a larger course of study such as those offered by formal apprenticeship programs, high schools, and community colleges.