South Florida Intercoastal

YSTAP Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Dec 22, 2021 Wed

The Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program has been full speed ahead this past month.
The inaugural class of apprentices is wrapping up their time in the program and has their sights set on graduation. We want to take the time to recognize the dedication and commitment this class of apprentices has exhibited over the past two years learning and growing their skill set in the program, working full-time while attending class one night a week at Atlantic Technical College. They leave the program having earned nationally recognized credentials in a plethora of shipyard skills and have received classroom instruction and on-the-job training in a wide range of competencies. Congratulations to the three apprentices in this first class: Erena Fridman (Derecktor Shipyards), Tai Tran (Bradford Marine), and Andy Camblor (MarineMax). We are excited to see how your path continues in the industry and you continue to grow and excel in your future endeavors!
The program is currently in a transition period of instructors and seeking a new full-time teacher to take the helm of the program. In the meantime, however, we are excited to welcome Bruce Evangelista from High Seas Hydraulics to serve as the temporary instructor. Bruce brings to the program a positive energy and commitment to invest in this next generation workforce and help them all succeed. Bruce has served on the committee since its inception and is a great asset to help bridge the gap as the program seeks a new full-time instructor.
With one class ending, that means it’s time for a new one to begin! As the program prepares to launch its third class in January, many additional companies are seeing the benefits the program offers them, their organization, and their employees and are coming aboard. New to the program as of late, we are excited to welcome Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Griffin’s Yacht Service, Starboard Yacht Group, and TDW Marine. These companies join the already more than a dozen other companies participating in the program and supporting this vital workforce initiative. While the runway is becoming shorter, there is still time for additional companies to join the team and participate in the program. This program is no cost to the employer with the exception of paying their employees’ wages and there are reimbursement opportunities for wages for those employees who qualify through CareerSource Broward. What better way to invest in your business, whether it be a current employee that has the potential to grow in your organization or an opportunity for a new hire to grow their skill set and join your team. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Lori Wheeler at or visit our website to learn more.