The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association budget amendment to support career technical education in the Marine Trades in Massachusetts passed the 2019 state budget. The amendment Sponsored by Senator Humason was Co-sponsored and supported by Senator Moore. The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) would like to express our appreciation to Senator Moore for the support and leadership for this very important amendment for the recreational boating industry in Massachusetts.

“I was proud to support this important budget amendment which seeks to expand our skilled workforce, and to strengthen the Bay State’s multi-billion dollar recreational boating industry,” said Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). “This effort will help to ensure residents have the necessary training and education to pursue high-quality jobs in the marine trades, and to meet the workforce needs of businesses anchored in our state.”

The recreational boating industry in Massachusetts has an economic impact of over $2 billion dollars and employs over 11,000 men and women. The industry is currently facing a substantial workforce shortage in Massachusetts and on a national level. Here in Massachusetts there are hundreds if not thousands of jobs currently available and a projection of approximately 3,000 new jobs coming available over the next few years. We have the jobs/careers we just need the people to fill them. This amendment will go a long way in helping the MMTA fill the workforce demands of the boating industry in Massachusetts.

Established in 1964, the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) is the statewide, representative body for over 1,000 marine trades businesses in the Commonwealth that employ over 11,000 men and women. The mission of the Association is to further the interests of the marine trades and the boating public through the promotion of boating, participation in legislation and professional improvement programs.