About the Shipbuilders Council of America
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) is the national trade association representing the U.S shipyard industry. The Shipbuilders Council of America represents hundreds of companies that own and operate shipyards across the United States, including facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents the supplier and partner members that provide critical goods and services to the U.S. shipyard industry. SCA routinely advocates for industry by educating Congressional leaders, key Administration officials, including the Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration, on critical issues before the shipyard industrial base.
The USSA and SCA recognize the significant overlap of issues between the two organizations and have partnered to provide better insight into the other’s industrial sector.
Shipbuilders Council Workforce Development Committee
In the last several years, the SCA has focused on workforce development issues facing the shipyard industry and has worked to educate Members of Congress and the Administration on the importance of supporting efforts to educate and train the next generation of shipyard workers. To that end, SCA has formed a Workforce Development Committee that is comprised of both shipyards and supplier companies to identify critical needs in the workforce and how our government partners, including the Navy, can support both workforce generation and utilization efforts. Key issues identified include:
- Creation and implementation of national accreditation standards
- Recruitment and retention of veterans
- Stability and predictability of future shipbuilding and repair programs
- Worksite accessibility
- Establishing shipbuilding and maritime as an “employment destination”
Government programs identified to support these workforce initiatives include:
MARAD: Small Shipyard Grants
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) provides funding each year for shipyards in the form of Small Shipyard Grants. The Small Shipyard Grant Program is designed to support small shipyard projects that make capital and related improvements or provide training for workers in shipbuilding, ship repair, and associated industries. Grants are capped at 75 percent of the project's estimated cost and are available to facilities with fewer than 1,200 production employees. In FY19 alone, $20,000,000 was appropriated to the Small Shipyard Grant Program.
DOL - OSHA: Susan Harwood Training Grants
OSHA awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis through its Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Grants are awarded to provide training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. The types of grants solicited each year vary. Grants solicited in the past include Capacity Building grants, Targeted Topic, and Training Materials Development.
Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap – FOA-ETA-19-09
The purpose of this grant program is to promote apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution in filling current job vacancies and closing the skills gap between employer workforce needs and the skills of the current workforce. Grant funds will be awarded to an apprenticeship partnership of public and private sector entities which together seek to develop and implement new apprenticeship models; or expand an existing apprenticeship program to a new industry sector or occupation, a new population, on a local/regional, statewide, or national scale.