Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2022 concludes with established partnership programs to develop a versatile maritime workforce and cultivate thought leadership in the maritime domain.
The Singapore Maritime Week 2022 Maritime Workforce Forum brought together government, labor and industry leaders to discuss ways to attract and retain talent and transform workplaces in the maritime sector. The forum highlighted the importance of tripartite partnerships through collaboration between unions, employers and government to advance the transformation and growth of the maritime industry.
2. During his opening speech at the forum, Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Transport, said: in a more difficult global environment than before. However, we are confident in our strengths and capabilities, as evidenced by the sector’s resilience during the pandemic. Moreover, we have an important catalyst in Singapore which is our strong tripartite partnership between government, industry and trade unions. This is a pillar of strength for Maritime Singapore as we embark on industry, business and workforce transformation.
3. Mr. Chee also added that maritime workers make an important contribution to a vital industry that underpins Singapore’s survival and prosperity. They play a key role in maintaining global supply chains, and that it was important to attract the right people to join the maritime sector by offering rewarding careers with plenty of opportunities for continuous learning and upgrading skills, both for maritime and land roles.
Strengthen support for talent co-funding to gain international exposure in Southeast Asia
4. In a global business like shipping, local talent needs to have international exposure in order to take on leadership roles. MPA offers the Overseas Attachment Scheme and the Global Talent Program to encourage companies to offer such opportunities to locals. The programs would allow local talent to gain experience and exposure through structured rotations and overseas secondments.
Between 2019 and 2021, 84 local talents went on secondment abroad.
5. MPA will strengthen co-funding support under the Overseas Attachment Program and the Global Talent Program to put more emphasis on
South East Asia. The amount of support under these programs will be 20% higher for employees sent to ASEAN countries, compared to other places in the world. This means that MPA’s co-funding support for employees sent to ASEAN countries will increase from 50% to 70% for the Overseas Attachment Program and from 70% to 90% for the Global Talent Program.
Launch of the inaugural Maritime Transformation and Innovation Program (MTIP)
6. At SMW, MPA also launched the first Maritime Transformation and Innovation Program (MTIP), which is a training program to support the key program of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The program focuses on driving innovation and efficiency within the maritime community.
7. Participants will gain insight into transformation strategy and effective change management practices by exchanging ideas with industry practitioners and peers from around the world. The MTIP brought together 20 senior officers from maritime administrations from 15 countries around the world, to learn and share valuable insights into innovation, transformation and change management in their organizations.
Supporting Our Local Sailors – Tripartite Maritime Fellowship and SailMAP
8. The Tripartite Maritime Fellowship (TMSS) was introduced in 2002 to help build a core group of local seafarers by aiming to attract and encourage locals to pursue careers in the sea. seafarers (Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union & Singapore Organization of Seamen) and shipping companies, aims to prepare promising students or recent graduates to become captains of ships or chief engineers of ocean-going merchant vessels, with the potential to be the future leaders of Singapore’s maritime industry. In total, more than 200 participants have received TMSS to date.
9. TMSS is open to students pursuing the Nautical Studies Diploma or Marine Engineering Diploma at Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), Singapore Polytechnic (SP). In 2021, 14 Tripartite Maritime Scholarships (TMSS) worth approximately S$1 million have been awarded. Application for the TMSS is open once a year and interested participants for the next intake can register by April 22 at: https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/maritime- singapore/education-and-scholarships /maritime-scholarships/tripartite-tmss-maritime-scholarship-programme
10. To provide further support to our local sailors, the MPA and its tripartite partners (union and industry) recently launched the Sail Milestone Achievement Program (SailMAP) to provide each sailor with up to $50,000 when they reach career milestones, including a $10,000 sign-on bonus when they hire their first vessel as a Class 3 (Deck Officer) or Class 5 (Engineer) Certificate of Competence (CoC) holder navy).
11. Incentive payments help support their income when they are not sailing, so they can focus on improving their maritime skills and knowledge during these times.
Second edition of the Maritime Leadership Program (MLP)
12. MPA will continue to invest in the preparation of leaders and managers through initiatives such as the Maritime Leadership Program. Launched in 2021 and led by Singapore Management University, the Maritime Leadership Program (MLP) is designed for senior executives across the maritime industry’s extended value chain. This program provides participants with a solid foundation of key maritime concepts, including leadership in maritime and new perspectives on global maritime trends. It also connects participants with renowned maritime leaders through networking opportunities to enable knowledge exchange and facilitate collaboration. 20 senior executives completed the program last year.
13. The second edition of the MLP is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of this year and is open to maritime management leaders looking to expand their knowledge and develop strong networks in the sector. The upcoming edition features highly engaging delivery formats well suited for executive training and development,
as well as interactive sessions with C-Suite executives from maritime organizations.
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