A marine-industry career fair will held virtually on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is hosted by Presiding Officer Calarco and the legislature’s Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council, in partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs and the Association of Marine Industries.
“Suffolk County’s marine industry offers many exciting career paths with competitive salaries, and this virtual fair will showcase those opportunities,” Calarco said in a statement.
The Suffolk County Legislature’s Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council was created in 2018 to give government and the private industry a way to work together to help protect, promote and grow one of the pillars of Suffolk County’s economy. The council’s Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee focuses on providing career opportunities and developing a robust marine engineering, fishing, boating, and waterfront workforce through vocational programs and new education programs at local colleges and high schools.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the marine industry and ocean-related jobs accounted for 33,000 jobs and $983 million in wages in Suffolk County in 2015, according to the county.
“The skills sought are diverse and include not only hands-on technical expertise but also sales, marketing, finance, and engineering,” Calarco added. “This career fair will have something for everyone, whether you are a highly skilled worker looking for a permanent position, someone who is seeking a seasonal opportunity, or a student looking for information on internships or summer employment in the marine industrial field.”
Jobseekers and students can connect with industry experts about marine careers and meet local employers and leaders during breakout sessions in marinas and recreational boating, aquaculture, commercial fishing, and educational opportunities.
“The fair will paint a picture of what it is like to work in the marine industry and allow attendees to explore the pathways to employment in many different areas,” Vincent Pesce, the association’s president, , Eric Kreuter, its vice president, said in a joint statement. “With summer quickly approaching, boat yards, marinas and other marine-related businesses are looking to hire workers in all kinds of positions, from dock workers to technicians, and this will be a great way for jobseekers to see what opportunities are available.”
“Despite the pandemic, we have jobs within the industry that remain unfilled and Suffolk County residents that are in need of employment,” David Wicks, district superintendent of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and chair of the council’s Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, said in a statement. “This job fair serves to inform people of opportunities that they may not even know exist.”
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