What’s in It for You?
You may be wondering if you can afford to invest in an initiative such as this. The true question is can you afford not to? Although this system will benefit all maritime related companies in the long run, the fact is that the development and implementation of a national workforce system takes time and money. The money that funds this effort comes from NMEC members; the expertise of subject matter experts which informs the curriculum development process comes from NMEC members. The more members we have, the faster the key goals of the initiative can be met and the more quickly your company and the industry will start realizing the true benefits of a system such as this.
Still, NMEC membership offers your company several immediate benefits:
- A Voice. NMEC’s direction and priorities are established by its members. Subject matters experts (SMEs) from member companies identify common skills sets, review curricula, and validate assessments.
- Recognition. As a member of NMEC and a contributor to this initiative, your investment demonstrates your commitment to advancing the industry and to developing its workforce.
- Professional Networking Opportunities. NMEC has two face-to-face meetings each year, in the spring and fall. Online membership meetings are held throughout the year as needed to conduct NMEC business. This is chance for your to interact with leaders in the industry.
Without NMEC and the support of its members, the national system of workforce development we envision would not be possible. In addition to increased ROI, the long-term benefits of NMEC membership will impact not only our industry and its workforce as a whole. Long-term benefits include:
- Confidence. Let’s face it. The maritime workforce is transient, and worker demand is cyclical. A national workforce development system gives you the assurance that applicants can perform to a set standard, one that is set by NMEC members. If we do it right, we have industry-created and certified curricula and assessments, a professional organization that oversees the training and certification process, and, with portable credentialing, we enable the workforce to more easily stay in the industry.
- Flexibility. Each task-oriented module in the industry-driven curricula 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.
- Efficient use of craft training dollars.
- National exposure for the industry.
- An increased pipeline of technically skilled workers. The NCCER program is well established and utilized in all 50 states. Currently, there are over 850 (and growing) organizations accredited through NCCER and 6,000+ schools and training center locations.