Annual MSC Connexions Forum to be attended by over 120 participants.

Singapore, 9 November 2018 – As the speed of change accelerates and technology brings with it disruptive functions that change the way conventional businesses work, organisations can no longer rely on existing advantages, and must actively evolve and compete. The secret to a successful organisation? We think – Talent. Maritime Human Resource leaders are sitting up and readying themselves for big changes as they gather to weigh in on the increasingly strategic role HR will play in driving the future of their organisations.

Under the government’s industry transformation map (ITM) launched earlier this year, the maritime industry is expected to add 5,000 jobs over the next decade. To remain competitive in the contest for talent, Maritime Singapore must extensively brand themselves as a choice employer and begin paying attention to the shaping of the Employee Experience.

The annual MSC Connexions Forum, organised by the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office and to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel today, will see over 120 maritime employers, those from the government and associations, and those working with students and jobseekers in the schools and career centres under Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) gather and be a part of the conversation on these maritime manpower issues. Topics discussed will include the challenges that maritime organisations face in talent attraction and retention and how the employee experience in the maritime industry stack up against other industries in Singapore.

The half-day event and panel discussion will provide a platform to facilitate active dialogue on issues such as the role of employer branding and the importance of creating an employee-centric environment. Discussions between the audience and industry heavyweights in HR will also reveal insights on current maritime employer branding and employee experiences.

Guest-speaker Mr Jason Ho, Head of Group Human Resources at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank) and Director, Institute of Human Resource Professionals (IHRP), will also be sharing some insight on how the HR function will play a critical role in driving organisational digital transformation, and in doing so, create a future-ready workforce.

The annual forum will feature maritime HR specialists; Ms Sharon Teo, General Manager of Eastport Maritime Pte Ltd, Ms Melissa Kee, Chief Human Resources Officer of Kuok Singapore Limited Group and Ms Taneal Roach, Global Head of Human Resources of The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd.

The forum aims to kickstart conversations around manpower and HR-related issues in the light of the increasing competition for talent and the growing pace of change in the industry.

Mr. Kenneth Chia, Executive Director, Singapore Maritime Foundation

“This is one of SMF’s many platforms to strengthen local maritime capabilities and build a pipeline of quality manpower where the industry is seen as committed to support students and jobseekers through internships, scholarships, job opportunities and best HR practices to ensure a competitive Maritime Singapore,” added Mr Kenneth Chia, Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

  • About Singapore Maritime Foundation

    The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) was established on 27 January 2004 to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among maritime stakeholders from the public and private sectors. As the bridge between the public and private sectors, SMF aims to provide the industry with a clear and representative voice, and spearhead projects to boost its development.

    SMF also organises and participates in a host of maritime events to strengthen the Maritime Singapore brand. To date, SMF has significantly benefitted from strong support from all sectors of the industry which has enabled the organisation to reach out directly to the community for new areas of work to improve the current maritime ecosystem.

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  • About Maritime Singapore Connect Office

    Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) was set up in 2016 to elevate profiling efforts of the maritime industry, connect students and jobseekers to maritime opportunities, and provide Singaporeans with easy access to maritime careers, education and training opportunities.

    As a unit under the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), MSC serves as a central node connecting maritime employers, industry associations, schools and government agencies with students and jobseekers. It offers maritime-related education and career guidance, links the industry with schools for internship and job opportunities and organises outreach events and publicity campaigns.

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Media Contacts
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  • Singapore Maritime Foundation

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    (65) 6325 0272