Brazilian boatbuilders' association ACOBAR has announced that this year’s workshop scheme is expanding to São Paulo in addition to its traditional sessions held in Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina state.

Launched in 2011, ACOBAR’s training initiative aims to improve specialisation in the Brazilian marine market as the industry is currently facing difficulties finding skilled workers.

“The current schedule will enrol at least 600 workers and it is vital to increase a competitive edge for the local industry,” says ACOBAR vice president Jorge Nasseh. “This is the second year of the workshop scheme and we are now going to develop the training sessions in a few more cities along the coast.”

ACOBAR has invited structural composites expert Jorge Nasseh to take part in the workshop scheme. Also attending is Ricardo Paragon to focus on marine engines, and marine electrical system specialist Roberto Brener.

This year’s workshop is scheduled to run in Rio de Janeiro in August, in São Paulo in October and Santa Catarina in November.