Attracting, engaging, and growing talent is at the heart of the Singapore Maritime Foundation’s mission of developing a healthy maritime workforce. As the industry prepares the way for digitalisation and sustainability, among many other upcoming trends, the skills of maritime talent have to keep pace with these changes.
It is apt that the theme for the sixth MSC Connexions Forum held on 8 November 2021 was centred around “Skills Upgrading Programmes for the Maritime Sector”. Organised by the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office, a unit under the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), the annual Forum is targeted towards Human Resource leaders and manager from the maritime cluster that shape the changemakers of tomorrow. Without a future-ready pool of talent, transformation within maritime will remain stagnant.
This year, the Forum featured speakers from Workforce Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). Opening the session, SMF Executive Director Ms Tan Beng Tee remarked on the how “both hardware and in particular software play important roles towards the success of any organisation”. Being a small nation without natural resources, Singapore must redirect investments towards its people.
With its strong connections to the private and public sector, SMF is well-positioned to plug talent into the growing maritime sector, especially those at the tertiary education level. These young Singaporeans will lead the charge and take Maritime Singapore to greater heights. Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and MSC Office at SMF, Mr David Lee was the first speaker and he shared on how SMF’s strategic framework of Connectivity, Innovation and Talent will achieve this goal.
Moving into the experienced segment of talent, Mr Wong Koon Yin, Assistant Director (Manufacturing Division) at Workforce Singapore spoke on the organisation’s Career Conversion Programme (CCP) for Sea Transport Professionals and Associates.
The programme focuses on structured reskilling efforts targeted at both PMET and non-PMET workers that are either seeking a mid-career switch, facing redundancy, or seeking to expand their skillset. As the famous adage goes, “Change is the only constant” and maritime professionals will have to consistently sharpen their skills to remain relevant in today’s dynamic climate. Partnering with the Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Enterprise Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the courses are co-funded by WSG and employers.