Posted February 6, 2020

Build Your Future Shipbuilding established to address workforce shortages

Program connects students and professionals in the industry to help bridge the skills gap and provide career paths.

Working to prepare, educate, recruit and inspire the next generation of shipbuilding and ship repair craft professionals, Build Your Future Shipbuilding was created in partnership with Build Your Future (BYF) and National Maritime Education Council (NMEC).

Funded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and supported by several trade organizations, Build Your Future Shipbuilding connects students and professionals in the industry to help bridge the skills gap and provide a path from career exploration, to education and training, to career launch.

With an aging workforce, continued talent shortages, call for a 355-ship navy and need to increase the industry’s workforce by 40% over the next decade, this partnership is dedicated to meeting the demand for qualified workers while helping individuals achieve their career goals.

“The Build Your Future Shipbuilding initiative is an important collaboration between NMEC and our shipyard partners from across the country,” Tim Johnson, executive director of NMEC said. “Speaking with a standard message and a single voice is critically important in capturing the hearts and minds of the next generation of craft professionals who will build the future of this vital industry.”

Build Your Future Shipbuilding is working to provide a platform for students and jobseekers to learn more about industry career opportunities and available training options. Additionally, with recruitment materials provided for employers, including posters, bookmarks, fliers and career paths, the initiative serves as a resource hub for the shipbuilding industry.

Exclusively on, new BYF trading cards show various shipbuilding positions and their respective salaries (based on national averages). Complete with job descriptions, education options and qualifications, these trading cards are a source of information for those researching the industry.

BYF Shipbuilding is supported by NMEC’s membership, NSRP’s Workforce Development Panel and several organizations representing shipyards and educators nationwide. These groups have come together as a collaborative effort to improve shipbuilding-related job resources and opportunities.

In addition, while BYF resources are available for any organization, BYF partners have the ability to customize material with their own branding and information, which can contribute greatly to the success of their individual campaigns. For more information on partnering with BYF, please visit