The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (MRI) and Maine Aquaculture Association (Project Partners) required the services of a consulting team to develop an objective and fact-based Statewide Training Strategy (The Workforce Development Strategy) for Maine’s growing and evolving aquaculture industry.
The intended outcomes for the Workforce Development Strategy were:
1. to serve as a strategic roadmap for educators, institutions, and thought leaders/decision makers to understand: current workforce needs/challenges; future workforce needs/challenges; and strengths and weaknesses of existing programming.
2. to provide short-term and long-term recommendations for developing a robust and cohesive aquaculture training pipeline including, but not limited to, supplementing existing programs or creating new programs.
3. to provide a comprehensive assessment of existing educational and training programs.

Specific tasks performed by Imani Development included:

• Qualitative sector-specific growth scenarios (low, medium, high) using methodology agreed to by the Scottish Team, GMRI, & MAA.
• Analysis and basic modelling of sector-specific supply-chains including growth scenarios, required skills and job types
• Finalized interview questionnaire/topic guide and associated data collection template.
• Summary of current workforce needs by sector
• Descriptions with accompanying infographics of current and projected (based on growth scenario projections) aquaculture job types by company size and sector.
• Mapped current and projected workforce skills needs by company size and sector
• Additional written discussion/commentary on the above deliverables to highlight nuances and influencing factors as necessary.
• Development of report and presenting findings.