Step Up in Efforts to Attract More Talent for the Maritime Industry with Maritime Singapore Connect Office’s Partnership with the Ministry of Education and Nanyang Technological University

09 September 2017

Efforts to attract more talent for the Singapore maritime industry have intensified in recent months with various initiatives by the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office. This month, the MSC Office will partner the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for two large-scale events which target both secondary school students and undergraduates.

Over 4,000 Secondary Two students and their parents are expected to attend the MOE Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Fair on 15 and 16 September, showcase the maritime sector alongside two other sectors. At the undergraduate level, over 500 final-year undergraduates across all disciplines would participate in The Xchange event at NTU on 19 September. The six maritime companies involved in this event for the first time, would be given priority to next year’s best graduates for their Management Trainee programme applications.

These partnership events with MOE and NTU are part of a series of activities by the MSC Office, which was established last year with a S$4 million funding commitment from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The set up under the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) is a national initiative to profile the Singapore maritime industry, connect students and jobseekers to maritime opportunities, and provide Singaporeans with easy access to maritime careers, education and training opportunities.

MOE ECG Fair – 15 to 16 September 2017

In its second event with MOE1 this year, the MSC Office would be putting together a Maritime Showcase at the MOE ECG Fair from 15 to 16 September 2017, working alongside industry and school partners including Jurong Port, PSA Corporation Ltd, Singapore Maritime Gallery (under MPA), Singapore Maritime Academy (part of Singapore Polytechnic), Ngee Ann Polytechnic and ITE College Central.

The two-day event at Republic Polytechnic would reach out to over 3,600 Secondary Two students and 500 parents, to provide them with an overview of the maritime industry as well as introduce the various education and career pathways within the sector. The maritime industry is one of three sectors selected for the fair.

Highlights of the Maritime Showcase include a virtual walk-through of a future automated port with PSA’s Augmented Reality port model; students could also get hands on with Jurong Port’s Crane Simulator. Participating students would also learn about the various pathways into the maritime industry through eight career talks and 35 workshops, such as Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Electrical Boat Building Workshop2. MOE would also be inviting parents to visit the exhibition on 16 September with their children to equip them for education and career path decisions.

Refer to Annex A for pictures of the PSA port model, Jurong Port Crane Simulator and details of the talks and workshops.

The Xchange @ NTU – 19 September 2017

The MSC Office is also collaborating with NTU on 19 September, to bring six maritime companies to The Xchange @ NTU, a networking event that grants companies early access to 2018’s top graduates across all disciplines to market their Management Trainee programmes. The event is expected to attract over 500 students who are expected to graduate with a minimum of Second Class Upper Honours.

The participating maritime companies are IMC Industrial Group, Kuok Singapore Limited Group, Maersk Line, PSA Corporation Ltd, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations Pte Ltd and TORM.

Students will be free to visit the booths and interact with representatives from participating maritime companies from 6pm to 7pm. The subsequent two hours will be set aside for 30-minute company breakout sessions at their booths.

Mr Loh Pui Wah, Director, Career & Attachment Office at NTU said: “The Xchange @ NTU is an established platform for employers to reach out to top tier talent, and we are happy to be working with an industry partner like the Maritime Singapore Connect Office for the first time this year to reach out to maritime companies.”

This is a win-win partnership, for us to have successfully invited six leading maritime companies on campus to speak with prospective Management Trainees for their upcoming recruitment efforts, and for our graduates of all disciplines to learn more about careers in the maritime industry – a key economic pillar for Singapore.

Connecting Students and Jobseekers to Maritime Opportunities

Maritime has been highlighted as an important sector under SkillsFuture, and the industry’s outreach and publicity efforts have been ramped up since the establishment of the MSC Office in 2016.

Last month, the MSC Maritime Careers Workshop at the Pan Pacific Singapore brought together over 100 undergraduates from across all disciplines and working professionals with less than two years of work experience. The event on 18 August 2017 offered participants, as potential entry-level jobseekers, the rare opportunity to learn from seven leading local and international maritime companies about career opportunities through presentations, breakout sessions and a networking reception which followed.

In July this year, the Maritime Singapore Connect website ( was also launched as a new one-stop resource for information of interest to students and jobseekers. Individuals could upload their resumes as an indication of their interest in internships or jobs, and maritime companies in Singapore could use the website to contact interested candidates whenever a suitable role arises.

1 MSC Office partnered with MOE for the first time this year for the MSC Maritime Insights Forum on 21 July 2017. Over 150 invited industry partners and ECG counsellors from MOE schools, polytechnics, universities and career centres under the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), were given an overview and update on the diverse career opportunities available in the Sea Transport sector. The half-day event included a tour of Jurong Port, presentations by MPA, MSC Office and a panel discussion with four maritime professionals.

2 For the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Electrical Boat Building Workshop, students will be organised in groups and provided with materials to build an electric boat. The objective of the workshop is to teach students the basic concepts of buoyancy and propulsion of a ship/boat and gain an understanding of the six motions of a ship/boat through observation.

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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