The Maritime Manpower Discussion board on the Singapore Maritime Week 2022 introduced collectively authorities, union and trade leaders to debate methods to draw and retain expertise and remodel workplaces within the maritime sector. The discussion board emphasised the significance of tripartite partnerships by way of collaboration amongst unions, employers and the federal government in advancing transformation and progress within the maritime trade.
Throughout his keynote handle on the discussion board, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Transport stated, “It’s not a given that we’ll obtain the ITM targets as a result of we are actually working in a more difficult world surroundings than earlier than. Nevertheless, we now have confidence in our strengths and capabilities, which could be seen from the sector’s resilience in the course of the pandemic. As well as, we now have an essential enabler in Singapore which is our sturdy tripartite partnership between the Authorities, trade, and unions. It is a pillar of energy for Maritime Singapore as we embark on trade, firm and workforce transformation.”
Mr Chee additionally added maritime employees make essential contributions to an important trade that underpins Singapore’s survival and prosperity. They play a key position in protecting world provide chains going, and that it was essential to draw good folks to affix the maritime sector by providing rewarding careers with ample alternatives for steady studying and expertise upgrading, for each seafaring and shore-based roles.
Enhancing co-funding assist for abilities to achieve worldwide publicity in Southeast Asia
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In a world enterprise like maritime, native abilities should have worldwide publicity as a way to tackle senior management roles. MPA affords the Abroad Attachment Scheme and International Expertise Programme to encourage firms to supply such alternatives for locals. The schemes would allow native abilities to achieve expertise and publicity by way of structured rotations and abroad attachments. Between 2019 and 2021, 84 native abilities have gone on abroad attachments.
MPA will improve the co-funding assist underneath the Abroad Attachment scheme and International Expertise Programme for abilities to put larger emphasis on Southeast Asia. The quantum of assist underneath these programmes will likely be 20% greater for workers who’re despatched to ASEAN international locations, in comparison with different areas around the globe. Which means that MPA’s co-funding assist for workers who’re despatched to ASEAN international locations will likely be elevated from 50% to 70% for the Abroad Attachment scheme and 70% to 90% for the International Expertise Programme.
Launch of Inaugural Maritime Transformation & Innovation Programme (MTIP)
At SMW, MPA additionally launched the inaugural Maritime Transformation & Innovation Programme (MTIP), which is a coaching programme to assist the important thing agenda of the Worldwide Maritime Group (IMO). The programme focuses on driving innovation and effectivity inside the maritime group.
Individuals will achieve insights into transformational technique and efficient change administration practices as they alternate concepts with trade practitioners and friends from around the globe. The MTIP introduced collectively 20 senior officers in maritime administrations from 15 international locations from around the globe, to be taught and share worthwhile insights on innovation, transformation, and alter administration of their organisations.
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Supporting our native seafarers – Tripartite Maritime Scholarship and SailMAP
The Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) was launched in 2002 to assist construct up a core group of native mariners by aiming to draw and encourage locals to take up seafaring as a profession. The scholarship, sponsored by MPA, seafarer unions (Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union & Singapore Organisation of Seamen) and transport firms, goals to groom promising college students or recent graduates to be Ship Captains or Chief Engineers of ocean-going service provider ships, with the potential to be the longer term leaders of Singapore’s maritime trade. A complete of greater than 200 members have been awarded the TMSS to date.
TMSS is open to college students pursuing the Diploma in Nautical Research or Diploma in Marine Engineering on the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), Singapore Polytechnic (SP). In 2021, 14 Tripartite Maritime Scholarships (TMSS) price about S$1 million had been awarded. Software for the TMSS is open every year and paritcipants for the following consumption can enroll by 22 April at:
To offer extra assist for our native seafarers, MPA and tripartite companions (unions and trade) have just lately launched the Sail Milestone Achievement Programme (SailMAP) to supply every seafarer with as much as $50,000 once they attain key profession milestones, together with a sign-on bonus of $10,000 once they sign-on their first vessel as a Certificates of Competency (CoC) Class 3 (deck officer) or 5 (marine engineer) holder.
The motivation funds assist to assist their earnings when they don’t seem to be crusing, in order that they will deal with upgrading their seafaring expertise and information throughout these intervals.
Second version of the Maritime Management Programme (MLP)
MPA will proceed to put money into grooming leaders and managers by way of initiatives such because the Maritime Management Programme. Launched in 2021 and performed by Singapore Administration College, the Maritime Management Programme (MLP) is designed for senior administration leaders inside the prolonged worth chain of the maritime trade. This programme affords members a strong basis of key maritime ideas together with management in maritime and recent views on world maritime traits. It additionally connects members with famend maritime leaders by way of the networking alternatives to allow information exchanges and facilitate collaboration. 20 senior administration leaders accomplished the programme final yr.
The second version of MLP is predicted to run within the third quarter of this yr, and is open to maritime administration leaders who need to increase their information and develop sturdy networks within the sector. The upcoming version options extremely partaking supply codecs nicely fitted to govt training and improvement, in addition to interactive periods with C-Suite executives from maritime organisations.
Supply: Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore