CBMM cer­ti­fies, expands ship­wright ap­pren­tice pro­gram

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

ST. MICHAELS — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum’s Ship­wright Ap­pren­tice Pro­gram re­cently re­ceived cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a reg­is­tered, four-year ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram by the U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor and the Mary­land Depart­ment of La­bor, Li­cens­ing & Reg­u­la­tion.

CBMM has had a two-year ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram in place since 2001, with more than 50 grad­u­ates to date. Now, CBMM will of­fer a for­mal four-year ap­pren­tice cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, de­vel­oped in line with U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor Em­ploy­ment and Train­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion stan­dards, and reg­is­tered with the Mary­land Ap­pren­tice­ship and Train­ing Pro­gram, a di­vi­sion of Mary­land DLLR’s Work­force De­vel­op­ment and Adult Learn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Mary­land DLLR, reg­is­tered ap­pren­tice­ships are jobs where work­ers “earn and learn.” While work­ing on the job, em­ploy­ees re­ceive one-on-one full-time train­ing from a skilled craftsper­son as well as re­lated in­struc­tion. An ap­pren­tice is spon­sored by an em­ployer or as­so­ci­a­tion, and is paid ac­cord­ing to a pro­gres­sive pay scale.

“Ev­ery­one on the Ship­yard lead­er­ship team has gone through CBMM’s ap­pren­tice pro­gram,” said CBMM Ship­yard Man­ager Michael Gor­man. “Our new cur­ricu­lum is very well-de­fined, with well-rounded ex­pe­ri­ences for our ap­pren­tices.”

CBMM’s four-year Ship­wright Ap­pren­tice Pro­gram cov­ers 8,000 hours of real work ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing in­struc­tion and train­ing on join­ery tech­niques, ship lay­out, ship re­pair and con­struc­tion, as well as lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skill de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­gram ex­tends CBMM’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming — which spans Pre-K through adult learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties — into cer­ti­fied work­force train­ing.

“We’re very ex­cited to ex­tend our ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram in this mean­ing­ful way,” CBMM Pres­i­dent Kris­ten Green­away said. “While the pub­lic may not see this move as typ­i­cal for a ‘mu­seum,’ in­vest­ing in the ship­wright craft is a top pri­or­ity for CBMM, and hav­ing a cer­ti­fied work­force train­ing pro­gram fur­thers our ex­pand­ing in­vest­ment in the East­ern Shore and Mary­land for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

High school grad­u­ates par­tic­i­pat­ing in CBMM’s Ris­ing Tide boat­build­ing pro­gram will also be el­i­gi­ble to en­roll in the new ship­wright ap­pren­tice pro­gram. Ris­ing Tide of­fers stu­dents in grades six to twelve free boat­build­ing classes and re­lated skills, work­shops, camps, and events through­out the school year and sum­mer, and is funded by phil­an­thropic sup­port.

To in­quire about a ship­wright ap­pren­tice­ship or to learn more about the pro­gram, go to cbmm. org, email hr@cbmm.org, or call 410-745-4985.

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