Alachua, Fla. – NCCER is proud to announce its partnership with the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) to develop jointly endorsed maritime construction and repair curriculum and assessments.  The long-term goal of the partnership is to create an industry recognized credential for maritime crafts and to utilize the expertise of both organizations to develop and deliver comprehensive training for the maritime industry.

“If our industry can agree on a standard set of criteria, we have the ability to sustain the right kind of training programs that feed our entry-level positions. Working together to set standards will help us all to optimize our recruiting and training investments and, in turn, help make us more competitive in an ever more challenging marketplace,” said Irwin F. Edenzon, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Additionally, on March 28, 2012, the National Maritime Education Council (NMEC) was formed to promote industry involvement in the development, coordination and funding of the initiative.  NMEC, through its Lighthouse Campaign, is working to raise awareness of the need for standardized training, and to raise funds to develop a system for that standardized maritime training curriculum and associated skill assessments.  Information about the Lighthouse Campaign and the mission of the NMEC can be found at its website: www.maritimeeducationcouncil.org.

“NCCER is excited to be working with GSSC and  NMEC to enhance the competency of the maritime industry workforce,” said NCCER President Don Whyte.  “The importance of working with industry partners like these in advancing our vision of a skilled craft professional with portable credentials cannot be overstated.”

Through this partnership, NCCER, GSSC and the NMEC will work together to develop an Introduction to the Maritime Industry module, a three-level Marine Shipfitting program, a four-level Marine Pipefitting program, and a four-level Marine Electrical program.  Additional crafts will be added later.

“The National Maritime Education Council is extremely pleased to be partnering with NCCER.  Our focus is on establishing a steady stream of trained professionals for the maritime industry and this partnership with NCCER and GSSC is a large step down that path.  NCCER’s proven track record in curriculum development, craft training and assessment and their network of training facilities provide tremendous leverage for this effort going forward,” said John Lotshaw, Chairman of the NMEC.