Trainee finds success with MTAM program

John Bailey, left, and Wendy Madden of M Yacht Services celebrate Bailey’s completion of a six-week on-the-job training program.

ANNAPOLIS — The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) would like to congratulate John Bailey on the completion of his six-week on-the-job training with M Yacht Services in Annapolis. Bailey completed the program in conjunction the Center of Applied Technology (CAT) South’s Work Study Program, earning him both wages and high school credit. He completed CAT South’s welding program last year and is now finishing his senior year at Southern High School.

Bailey grew up in North Beach, Maryland, around the water and was excited to hear that there were career opportunities in the industry that fit his interest in and training in welding. “When MTAM gave a presentation in my welding class about the opportunities I thought, ‘welding plus boats – sounds good,’” he said.

During his on-the-job training, Bailey gained general boat and tool use knowledge as well as welding experience. “I learned how to fold and take down a sail and operate a drill press,” he said.

“I think John had a successful introduction to the marine industry,” said Wendy Madden, human resources manager at M Yacht Services. “He is timely, respectful, and has a good attitude.” Madden became a member of the Marine Trades Industry Partner on behalf of M Yacht Services last year and has run two on-the-job trainings.

“I would definitely recommend this program to others because it is a skill building experience,” Bailey said. “I learned how to do many things I’ve never done before.”

This Project is funded by the State of Maryland’s EARN Maryland Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. For more information about the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, visit mtam.org, facebook.com/DiscoverMarylandBoating and Instagram: @WorkontheWater.

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