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Marine Apprenticeship Program participants spent a day training with the U.S. Coast Guard during the five-week course. (Photos provided by V.I. Professional Charter Association)

Marine Apprenticeships Provide Opportunities for Next Generation

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria smashed through the Caribbean, unemployment in the territory reached the highest it had been in a decade. But local charter officials said a simultaneous boom in marine charter tourism, coupled with a high demand for service technicians to repair damaged boats, created an opportunity to cultivate a qualified, local workforce to help fill the gaps.

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