Future-Ready Workforce Becomes The Centre Of Attraction At Maritime Manpower Forum

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  • The third edition of the Maritime Manpower Forum returned on the last day of the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2023. 
  • It gathered key local and international maritime industry experts, thought leaders, and youth representatives to discuss future maritime jobs.
  •  Organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Forum was themed ‘Creating a Pathway towards a Future-ready Maritime Manpower.’

Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Guest-of-Honour at the Maritime Manpower Forum 2023, announced the launch of the Maritime Workforce Transformation Guidebook on Job Redesign and the establishment of the MaritimeONE-Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) Postgraduate Research & Development Scholarship.

Maritime Workforce Transformation Guidebook

In 2022, MPA supported Singapore Maritime Foundation and homegrown shipping companies (i.e. Pacific International Lines and Pacific Carriers Limited) on a pilot project to redesign two critical job roles supporting the shipping fleet: – Technical Superintendent and Vessel Operator. Key findings and recommendations from the pilot project were consolidated into the Maritime Workforce Transformation Guidebook on Job Redesign. This Guidebook will provide maritime companies with advice and practical steps to help them embark on job redesign efforts and ensure maritime jobs remain attractive and relevant. 

MaritimeONE-Singapore Maritime Institute 

To further enhance partnership with the maritime centers of excellence and institutes of higher learning supported by MPA to identify high-potential Singaporean and PR students who are keen to embark on a career as researchers in areas related to decarbonisation and digitalisation, these students will be offered the MaritimeONE-SMI Postgraduate Research & Development Scholarship, which fully covers the tuition fees for entire PhD or Masters’ programmes. SMI targets to offer up to nine scholarships, worth a total of S$2.8 million, by end-2025.

MPA Global Internship Award

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will be participating in the MPA-Global Internship Award (GIA) for the first time this year. 39 students from four local universities majoring in various disciplines, from business, information systems, arts & social sciences, and maritime studies, will receive the GIA this year. They will begin on-the-job training with 28 maritime host companies from 1 May 2023. Students will also have an opportunity to be attached to the companies’ overseas offices, where they can be exposed to various job roles in maritime, such as chartering and ship operations, shipbroking, data analytics and marine insurance.

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