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Sound Off! Help Shape How Feds Classify Boating Occupations

Tuesday, December 8, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: William Higgins
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Are YOU interested in having your voice heard when it comes to how the U.S. government classifies and tracks various occupations at your dealership?

If so, please accept this invitation to join a special teleconference call this Wednesday, Dec. 9, to discuss updates to the “Standards of Occupational Classification,” a document currently being drafted and intended to accurately reflect the recreational marine industry’s impact on the nation’s economy.

At issue: the marine industry’s data — often under represented, reported and/or hidden in larger categories of workers — used to compile the federal government’s labor statistics. This results in the economic significance of jobs not being properly calculated.

Hosted by Mike Lewan of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Duncan Smith, a consultant working with south Florida’s MTA, this week’s call will explain strategy behind “crowd sourcing” industry job titles. Among the agenda items will be a discussion on how the descriptions of any occupational activities or jobs in the marine industry are needed, including those in manufacturing, repair, retail and training.

All data compiled through the first part of 2016 will be used to draft the final “Direct Match Title,” which will be filed with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. All trade associations, dealerships and other organizations with information on job titles and work performed in the marine industry are asked to submit their data for inclusion on the report — helping to ensure more specificity is included in the government’s Standard Occupational Codes and ensuring a more accurate reflection of the marine industry’s economic impact. T

hose interested in participating in both this week’s conference call and the ongoing report creation are asked to contact Michael Lewan at mlewan@nmma.org by Dec. 9.

Helpful link: http://www.nmma.org/press/article/20238