The marine industry rolled out its new workforce initiative, the result of a yearlong collaborative effort between the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.

Soundings Trade Only reported that the initiative, called “10+1 Strategy: A Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce,” was developed to give companies clear strategies to implement on a local and national level to cultivate its workforce, said MRAA president Matt Gruhn at a workforce session during the American Boating Congress.

The MRAA conducted a study two years ago among dealers to determine how much they suffered from workforce shortages, and found that 21 percent of positions at dealerships went unfilled. Of those, 59 percent were related to service, Gruhn said.

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