To address the ongoing marine skills shortage in British Columbia, the Marine Industry Workforce Development Committee (MIWDC) has launched a new website, www.bcmarineservice.com.
The MIWDC launched the website to enhance the profile and credibility of the industry as a career option as well as to offer a viable, online option to get more people interested in some of the marine skills trades. The MIWDC is a joint committee consisting of the BC Yacht Builders Association (BCYBA), the West Coast Boat Yard Association (WCBA) and the British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA).
“This is the first site that promotes the industry in this way,” says Betty Notar, Chair of the MIWDC. “There is information about what are the different occupations available in the BC marine industry and what are some of the training institutions for the occupations. It also provides some of the resources for employers including recruitment and retention plus various other relevant information.”
Functional and easy to navigate, www.bcmarineservice.com lends insight on where employers, interested apprentices, and young people can find out about new jobs, and career and trade opportunities. Training programs, including the recently devised Marine Mechanical Technician Training Program, and a Resource page, offering information on employment safety, insurance, education planners as well as student loan information, are other important elements to the site.
“I think people that have gone to the website have been pleased,” explained Notar. “We are just doing the promotion now. In the past, some of the organizations in the province had their own individual site. Now they have come together with a site that primarily focuses on career opportunities and related information for the industry.”
For more information visit www.bcmarineservice.com.