Tumaini said the best part of the training was the safety instruction he received. Another benefit was starting a new job with fellow classmates.


“I’m proud of my cohort,” he said. “We’re not being dropped into an environment where we don’t know anybody.”


That’s by design. Classmates aren’t competing against each other for too few spots. “If you feel connected to other people at your job, you’re much more likely to be satisfied at your job,” Garozzo said. And greater satisfaction can lead to greater retention.


Both Cabrera and Tumaini envision careers for themselves at the shipyard.

“I’m building an arsenal,” Tumaini said. “Right now I want to learn everything — anything and everything, as much as I can.”