New Website to Consolidate Opportunities in the Singapore Maritime Industry for Students and Jobseekers

07 July 2017

An initiative under the Maritime Singapore Connect Office set up by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to complement efforts by the Sectoral Tripartite Committee for Transport (Sea) to attract more Singaporeans to join the maritime industry

Students and jobseekers can now look to a new website (www.maritimesgconnect.com) by the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office for information on all things maritime – from education and career options, to the scholarships and management trainee programmes offered by maritime employers in Singapore.

Apart from videos and feature stories to help provide a better understanding of the careers and opportunities in the maritime industry, the public can also look to upload their resumes as an indication of their interest in internships or jobs. Maritime companies can use the website as a tool to contact interested candidates whenever a suitable role arises.

Although access to the resume database is free for maritime companies with a registered account, to protect jobseekers’ confidentiality, the system is designed to allow employers to view the resume only after the individual consents to a request made by the company for the position they are recruiting for. Maritime companies in Singapore could also leverage on this new online platform to publicise internship, job, scholarship and management trainee programmes without cost.

More than 160 tertiary students were given an overview of the new website earlier today at the 4th Singapore Maritime Dialogue event hosted by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of StateMinistry of Transport and Ministry of Health. The event was organised under the MaritimeONE framework – a student outreach effort by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the

Singapore Maritime Foundation, the Singapore Shipping Association and the Association of Singapore Marine Industries.

As a key economic pillar contributing to 7 per cent of our nation’s Gross Domestic Product, Maritime Singapore today already offers a diverse range of maritime careers in both seafaring and shore-­based roles. With automation and digitalisation likely to transform the industry, we will need people from an even wider talent pool across various specialisations.

Mr. Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA and SMF Board Member

“This is where the Maritime Singapore Connect Office plays a key role as a one-stop centre providing useful information on the maritime industry and career opportunities,” he continued.

Over the past 18 months, the MSC Office has built a wide network of partnerships across various government agencies, schools and career centres, industry associations, maritime employers, and maritime training service providers. The support received has been instrumental in our work of connecting students and jobseekers with maritime opportunities.

Mr. David Chin, Executive Director of SMF

He added, “In developing the new Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) website, we engaged our industry partners and schools on the content and features so it would be relevant and useful for all parties. Feedback has been very positive and more than 200 students and jobseekers have deposited their resumes so far. The MSC Office has also been working directly with maritime companies on their talent attraction efforts and we are looking to further identify areas of opportunities to develop Maritime Singapore’s manpower capabilities.”

Singapore was named the top maritime capital of the world for the third consecutive time in the Menon Report released in April 2017. The study by Norwegian consultancy firm Menon Economics surveyed more than 250 industry experts globally. The Port of Singapore was also recently named the best seaport in Asia for the 29th time, at the 2017 Asia Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS).

The maritime industry is one of 23 sectors highlighted for focus under the national SkillsFuture initiative.

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.

For details, please visit www.smf.com.sg.

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.

For details, please visit www.maritimesgconnect.com.

Media Contacts

Right Hook Communications
Debbie Pereira
Senior Account Manager
debbie@righthook.com.sg
(65) 6291 1393
Singapore Maritime Foundation
Regina Lim
Senior Manager
reginalim@sgmf.com.sg
(65) 6325 0117

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