In response to the marine industry’s ongoing need for skilled tradesmen and women, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) professionally produces an informational video series that highlights the many employment opportunities and career paths available within the marine industry. Salty Jobs™ is a series of four-to-five-minute video episodes that showcase various jobs being performed by its host, Sean Smith, who is often joined by a guest host.
Details of specific education or certification requirements for each job, as well as salary ranges, travel opportunities, and work culture are revealed during engaging interviews with people who are working in the business, from entry level positions to senior management and entrepreneurs. With 142,000 jobs supported by a $12 billion economic impact, marine industry jobs in South Florida typically pay 16% higher than the State average.
Now in its third season, Salty Jobs™ episodes are being shown in South Florida 6-12 public schools, colleges, and universities, at state-funded CareerSource Centers, at meetings and events of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and other economic development organizations, at Broward County Six Pillars events, as part of national marine industry conferences, and during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The series can also be viewed by visiting www.facebook.com/SaltyJobsTV/ and on YouTube, where it has been viewed thousands of times.
Employing the Salty Jobs™ brand, MIASF and its Education and Workforce Committee facilitate the annual “Marine Industry Elevator Pitch Competition”, the BRACE Advisors (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) Marine Industry Day, multiple career fairs/career days, several student and faculty field trips, and numerous speaking opportunities throughout the year.
Together, MIASF, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), and Atlantic Technical College (ATC) established the State’s first registered Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship. Using a robust curriculum that builds the next generation of skilled trade workers, the two-year program gives apprentices a basic set of shipyard skills in the areas of rigging, forklift and crane operations, pipefitting/plumbing, welding/fabricating, carpentry, and painting to jump start a high wage, high skill, and high demand career path in the marine industry.
Local school systems also enable workforce development through an educational development ladder that begins with marine magnet programs at the middle school and high school level and continues through technical and state colleges, as well as private sector marine training.
The Salty Jobs™ Job Board, built and powered by JOBartO, expands on the mission of showcasing the broad range of jobs and careers available in the marine industry by providing a recruiting tool for the rapidly growing industry using a platform that directly connects job seekers and hiring marine businesses.
Employers can create a company profile, publish detailed job postings, embed related videos and search through the entire database of posted resumes that match specific criteria. In turn, job seekers can upload their resume, view employer job listings, and apply for jobs on the site.
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