The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be rolling out initiatives such as increasing publicity and outreach efforts to profile the diverse job opportunities available, improving workplace learning and training, and facilitating upgrading opportunities, to step up efforts to encourage more Singaporeans to join the maritime industry.
Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, in his keynote speech at the 8th Maritime Manpower Singapore (MMS) 2015 Conference organised by the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union and Wavelink Maritime Institute, outlined several challenges that stand in the way of Singaporeans joining the maritime industry.
These include the perception of poor living conditions and being ‘disconnected’ from the world, as well as lack of awareness of remuneration and progression opportunities. In addition, rapid transformation in the industry also poses new challenges.
To tackle some of these challenges and to better support the growth of Maritime Singapore, MPA will, through the tripartite maritime task forces for seafaring and shore-based sectors, explore more structured on-the-job training, develop multiple progression pathways, as well as facilitate transitioning of local seafarers from sea-going to shore-based jobs.
For a start, the taskforce for seafaring will be implementing cadet allowance reimbursement to support the training of about 180 Singaporeans to graduate with the Certificate of Competencies (CoCs) Class 3 or 5. Singaporean cadets will also be eligible for Achievement Awards once they completed the training and gained practical experience at sea. These initiatives will be implemented in September 2015.
Under the enhanced Tripartite Maritime Scholarships (TMSS), 20 students will also be receiving their scholarships next month, the highest number of recipients since TMSS was launched in 2002.