MPA to explore ways of upskilling maritime workforce

MPA launches project to upskill maritime workforce

The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has joined with Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) to launch a project aimed at upskilling the maritime workforce and helping the industry meet present and future challenges.

Announced during Singapore Maritime Week, the initiative will see the MPA conduct industry consultations with maritime HR and business-function leaders in May 2021 to discuss which jobs are most suitable for upskilling.

“The rapid transformation of the maritime sector, with key driving forces of digitalisation and sustainability, brings new opportunities for growth,” the MPA said.

“These industry-wide changes will require new skillsets and create new jobs for Maritime Singapore.

“MPA and SMF will jointly partner maritime companies to attract and engage young graduates and mid-careerists, and support companies’ efforts to help their current workforce adapt and upskill to meet future needs.”

In addition, MPA will be launching the inaugural run of the Maritime Leadership Programme in the second half of 2021 to nurture future maritime business leaders.

The 10-day programme will train up to 20 junior management employees annually in leadership capabilities and provide a platform for participants to extend their business networks in Singapore and beyond.

SMF will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with youth-led non-profit organisation Advisory, to explore collaborative opportunities to spark interest and passion amongst youths for the maritime sector.

In addition, SMF said it is enhancing its Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) portal, including improved user experience, personalised job recommendations for job seekers, and a new dashboard for maritime companies.

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