Maritime companies commit to nurturing young talent despite COVID-19 challenges

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21 maritime companies will host 30 undergraduate students from local institutes of higher learning for the 12-week Global Internship Award (GIA) from May to July 2021.

Established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the GIA program offers high-achieving undergraduate internships at global maritime companies based in Singapore. These undergraduates can gain valuable industry experience that will prepare them for careers in the maritime sector. They will work alongside seasoned industry professionals, who will mentor them throughout the program.

The 30 undergraduate students participating in the eighth edition of the program come from a variety of disciplines, including business, computer science, engineering, law and maritime studies. They will take on roles in areas such as ship operations, ship brokerage, data engineering, marine insurance and maritime law.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, GIA program participants will work remotely with the overseas offices of their host companies. They will also benefit from online programs that promote personal development and provide insight into the maritime industry.

To date, 270 undergraduate students have received the MPA GIA.

Quah Ley Hoon, Managing Director of MPA, said, “Given the international nature of shipping, it is important for our students to learn about how global businesses operate. The GIA program aims to achieve this goal. Since its inception in 2013, the GIA program has received strong support from reputable hospitality companies. We are encouraged that maritime businesses continue to offer well-structured internships to local students despite the challenges businesses are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. »

Representing one of the new participating companies of the MPA GIA, Mr. Apostolos Boutos, Managing Director of Thenamaris Singapore Pte Ltd, said: “Thenamaris is committed to the development of our people, and for years we have enabled students undergraduate to gain meaningful work experience. through internships in our company. In line with this commitment, it is with great pleasure that we support the MPA GIA 2021, further investing in Singapore-based talent and recognizing the country’s strategic importance to the maritime industry and the significant contribution of the MPA to the introducing the fascinating and global world of shipping to talented young people who will help shape the future of our industry.

Sue Ann Gan, Maritime Partner in the Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright, said, “We are proud to be the first law firm in Singapore to partner with the MPA under the GIA programme. This is an opportunity we welcome to introduce undergraduate students to Singapore’s dynamic and diverse maritime industry. Through the MPA GIA program, students also have the opportunity to deepen their professional, business and technical skills and we are delighted to support this important initiative.

Sea News, May 10