Jurong Port has launched a new academy costing almost USD$3 million and located at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability (e2i) in the heart of Jurong Gateway in Singapore.
The academy features a dedicated training yard within its facilities for workers to conduct hands-on equipment training as part of its aim to “transform the multipurpose port industry” by leveraging new technology and innovation to enhance capabilities and increase the productivity of its workers.
Jurong Port will also form a Learning Council, comprising representatives from the stevedore community and the National Transport Workers’ Union, to advise the academy on its training activities.
The academy’s aim is to create a future-ready and technology-enabled workforce that will be able to move away from “routine and labour-intensive tasks to focus on productive and higher value-added activities”.
It will train and certify port professionals to apply the latest port mechanisation and automation technologies through simulators and other training tools.
In August 2016, Jurong Port started operations at its Combi Terminal to fulfil the requirements of multipurpose vessels.
Areas for Training
- Operations & Management (which will include port operations controller, lifting operations, etc)
- Port equipment handling for Quay Cranes, Level-Luffing cranes, Pedestal cranes, Sideloaders, and, wharf & hatch forklift operations
- Safety training
- Technical maintenance training (which includes equipment maintenance, facility maintenance).
- Leadership and personal effectiveness training
- Experiential learning
- Simulator training
- On-the-job training
- Integrated & blended training (E-Learning, E-Assessment, simulators and videos)
- Coaching and mentoring
- Academy: Dedicated 2,400 sq ft of classroom and simulator training facilities
- Training Yard: A 5,000 sqft open area located within Jurong Port with equipment for hands-on cargo handling training
- Online Academy: 24/7 access to Learning Portal to support online learning on the go
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Ooi Boon Hoe, Chief Executive Officer of Jurong Port, said: “The Jurong Port Academy is an integral component in our bid to transform the multipurpose port industry, enabling a sustainable and promising future for all industry participants, port users, stevedoring service providers and Jurong Port itself with its vision of being a world-class multipurpose port operator.
“One of the port’s key objectives is to upskill the workforce, develop rewarding career pathways and attract new talent into the industry. In the lead up to the Academy launch, Jurong Port has worked tirelessly to engage with all stakeholders to ensure that there is strong buy-in, and similar consultative efforts have also taken place in other areas where we wish to improve port operations, safety and cargo handling as well.’’
The establishment of the Jurong Port Academy involved consultation with government agencies such as the MPA, which provided strong backing and funding support.
Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, said: “MPA is happy to support Jurong Port in the establishing of the Jurong Port Academy, which will upskill and train port workers in operating new technologies such as sideloaders for more efficient steel cargo handling in Singapore’s next generation multipurpose port.
“This initiative is timely as we prepare our workforce with new skillsets that are not only relevant for the future but will also improve the productivity, efficiency and reliability of our port. The Port of Singapore must continue to stay ahead of competition and grow from strength to strength, while continuing to provide good jobs and maintain its key role in Singapore’s economy.”