Crowley creates offshore wind workforce development program

Crowley Maritime Corporation and Massachusetts Maritime Academy are creating a training and workforce development program to support the offshore wind energy industry in New England.

The program, certified by the Global Wind Organisation, aims to facilitate the growth of the offshore wind workforce and provide sea safety and survival instruction.

“Crowley and MMA are leaders in the maritime industry, and the joint program will help us build the next generation employee serving in the offshore wind industry,” said Jeff Andreini, vice president, Crowley New Energy. “This partnership will provide workers the skills and knowledge they need, and together we help create cleaner energy sources in the U.S.”

Crowley will provide scholarships, internships, and hands-on learning for MMA. Cadets, the company said. The partnership will also create outreach programs and workforce development for underrepresented population groups.

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