To drive workforce transformation in the Singapore maritime industry, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) launched the Circle of HR InnOvators (CHRO) network for maritime Human Resource (HR) professionals today at the MSC Connexions Forum 2019, organised by the Maritime Singapore Connect Office, a unit under SMF. Mr Andreas Sohmen- Pao, Chairman of SMF, announced the new CHRO network at the event gathering about 150 attendees from maritime companies, government agencies, industry associations.
2. The CHRO network comprises HR leaders from maritime companies, and aims to boost the role of HR as a strategic partner in driving workforce transformation. Working together, the CHROs can formulate and execute their individual strategic workforce transformation plan and prepare their workforce for enhanced and new job roles that are required in the future.
3. “For Singapore to maintain its lead as a top international maritime centre, the ability to attract, develop and retain talent is crucial. This is where HR plays an important role in helping Singapore maritime companies to build a competitive workforce equipped with necessary skills to address our challenges and opportunities. The CHRO network is created by SMF and MPA for maritime HR leaders to exchange best practices and develop themselves as strategic business partners to drive workforce transformation. While we have just started, the response has been encouraging – we have 18 companies on board so far and will be inviting more companies in the coming months,” said Mr Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of SMF.
4. “We need to respond to a new business normal brought about by digitalisation, decarbonisation and disruption. Under the Sea Transport Industry Transformation map (ITM), maritime innovation to transform business and operations must be done in tandem with maritime workforce transformation. MPA is committed to partnering SMF to support our maritime enterprises on their workforce transformation journey,” said Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.
5. “As PSA continues to innovate to stay relevant and competitive, preparing our people to be future-ready for the Intelligent Port of the Future in Tuas will be one of our key priorities. The launch of the CHRO network is timely, as it serves as a useful platform for HR professionals to share and learn from each other as we navigate these changes to take the workforce forward in the maritime transformation journey.” shared Ms Evelyn Seah, Assistant Vice President (Workforce Strategy), who represents PSA Corporation in the CHRO network.
6. Ms Ng Hwee Leng, Director, People & Organisation, who represents IMC Industrial Group in the CHRO network, added, “IMC Industrial Group recognises the importance of constantly reviewing our talent acquisition and development strategies to stay competitive amidst the evolving maritime landscape. We are excited to be part of this new network of maritime HR professionals which helps to facilitate sharing of unique challenges and opportunities in driving workforce transformation through roundtable discussions and learning journeys.”