National Shipbuilding Research Program: A National Workshop on Human Resources and Training Held at the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, DC, on 26-27 Jan 1999
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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This Workshop was consciously designed as a forum for industry leaders to explore alternatives and develop a set of consensus action plans to direct future efforts for improving human resources and training in the shipyard industry. There were 84 participants directly involved, representing 14 publicprivate shipyards, 8 Government agencies, and 4 National labor organizations. One theme was prominent throughout the Workshop. The competition is not between shipyards anymore, but for the limited resources available in the future. To compete for those limited resources, the industry must learn quickly to work together, sharing ideas and technology so that a higher level of accomplishment can be achieved. Then, and only then, can the industry hope to compete in the international arena for a reasonable share of the world market. This theme came from Labor, from the Navy, from several commercial shipyards, and from Government agencies active in dealing with human resources and training. The message from this gathering is clear shipyards must work together through teamwork and sharing, or go out of business. The choice is ours. Following the actions identified herein can help, especially with open endorsement and hands-on leadership from senior management throughout the shipyard industry. Continuing feedback is also needed from performing personnel to ensure that actions taken are both appropriate and effective. These actions can change the posture of the industry. The future of shipbuilding by U.S. workers in U.S. shipyards is in the balance.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Marine Engineering