Holland America Cruise lines has sponsored a 3 months Maritime Apprenticeship Program to give 8-10 youths the skills and certification needed to get jobs in the Maritime Industry. This course is being taught by Kidz at Sea, and is following their “Zero to Hero” Curriculum which covers boat maintenance and repair, sailing, and other a full set of certifications such as:
- Basic Keelboat with elements of Qualified Crew
- Basic Cruising
- Bareboat Cruising
- VHF Licensing
- Boat Master Coastal Waters
This course is especially relevant post-Irma as there has been an increase in demand for skilled labor in the field of Boat Repair due to the damage caused by the Hurricane. The goal is that each of the students who successfully complete this program will be given a job opportunity with one of the Maritime companies on the island.
At Holland America Line, we believe travel has the power to change the world. We consider it our higher purpose to help make the world a better place through opening minds, building connections, and inspiring a shared humanity.