Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education Trailblazer and Innovator Spotlight

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On January 28, 2013 (EST)

Our Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator “SpotLight” series continues this week with a look at the Seafarers International Union (SIU)-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education.  Established in 1967, the Paul Hall Center provides vocational training for U.S. mariners, including over 70 Coast Guard-approved courses. 

Since 2003 the Center has used a Registered Apprenticeship program to prepare over 3,000 U.S. Mariners.  The program is the largest of its kind for entry-level seafarers in the United States.  Apprentices receive training for Merchant Mariner careers aboard all types of vessels, including containerships, tankers, bulkers, passenger vessels, tug boats, etc.  

Classes and training cover the duties and responsibilities in the three main areas of seamanship: deck, engine, and steward.  The Unlicensed Apprentice (UA) Program offers a one-year program that includes a combination of classroom training and an apprenticeship onboard a vessel, plus hands-on training at the school’s Piney Point, Md. campus.  Apprentices pay no tuition and receive room and board during their participation. Participants who complete the training and graduate from the entry-level apprenticeship program are guaranteed a first job aboard one of the SIU's contracted vessels.

The Center’s apprenticeship program was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program,  which embodies the 21st century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship, during the U.S. Department of Labor’s “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit” in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.  John Mason, the CEO of American Service Technology Inc., accepted a Certificate of Recognition, on behalf of the Paul Hall Center, presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

In an August 15 news release issued by SIU, Mason spoke on the recognition and what it means to the Paul Hall Center.

“It’s an outstanding example of a labor and management partnership,” he said. “It fulfills the maritime transportation industry’s need for skilled, safe and qualified workers. The trailblazer award honors apprenticeship programs that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to excellence.”

To learn more about the SIU-affiliated apprenticeship program at the Paul Hall Center, we encourage you to download the SIU – Paul Hall Center Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  For more on the programs SIU offers through the Paul Hall Center, please visit the SIU Website at:

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