Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.
The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.
The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s Jen Cornwell said these are jobs in an industry that cooks all year long. “A lot of these boats come to Rhode Island for maintenance, to be fixed, to be prepared and ready for the spring season when most of the boats are launched in the water,” said Cornwell. “So, this training really prepares students for entry level positions in year-round jobs.”
Cornwell said these jobs start between $11 and $16 an hour and raises and benefits often follow. Companies that hire graduates will receive a grant to help cover the salary.
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