PSA International (PSA) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) are working together to develop a specialist diploma in port management and operations, which is a twelve-month earn-and-learn programme (ELP) under the ‘National Skills Future’ initiative.
The ELP will be launched in June, 2016 and is the first of its kind specifically designed for the Singapore port industry.
The ELP aims to provide polytechnic graduates with a head-start in maritime careers relevant to their course of study.
Students will benefit from full-time employment, a structured learning framework and career advancement pathways.
Both organisations will enhance cooperation in the disciplines of engineering, information technology, and maritime business, which aims to equip future port professionals with work-ready knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on training.
Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO in Southeast Asia at PSA International, said: “PSA aims to enhance Singapore’s status as a global hub port with the expansion of Pasir Panjang Terminals and eventually the development of Tuas megaport.
“The use of more automated, intelligent and sustainable technologies at these terminals requires a core of specialists with industry-relevant competencies. This collaboration with SP will help their staff and students bridge what is taught in the classroom and how it can be applied in the workplace, and strengthen our pipeline of potential future talent for PSA’s business expansion.”
Mr Tan Choon Shian, Principal and CEO of SP said: “Our collaboration with PSA reflects our commitment to help deepen the skills and knowledge of our workforce so that they can remain relevant and further strengthen the maritime sector. This in turn will contribute to the continued success of Singapore.”
The ELP collaboration is a key component of a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed recently by PSA and SP.
As part of efforts to boost capability development and knowledge sharing, specialists from PSA will be invited to deliver guest lectures to SP staff and students on the latest developments in port operations and technology.
Fact File: PSA operates the world’s largest container transhipment hub in Singapore. It links shippers to an excellent network of major shipping lines with connections to 600 ports globally. In 2015, it was voted the ‘Best Container Terminal in Asia’ at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. PSA Singapore Terminals handled 33.55 million TEUs of containers in 2014.
Fact File: Established in 1954, SP has 10 schools that offer 48 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.