Singapore invests further in maritime talent development

Singapore: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has injected another S$65m ($46.9m) into the Maritime Cluster Fund Manpower Development Programme to attract local talent to the sector.

The latest fund injection has brought the funds invested under the programme to S$115m since 2007. The additional funding will be used to introduce new initiatives as well as step up existing efforts, MPA said in an announcement.

“MPA is committed to building a strong core of local talent in the maritime industry, which offers diverse career opportunities for Singaporeans in both seafaring and shore-based jobs,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA.

Tan said MPA will be announcing more initiatives on manpower development in the coming months.

In a poll carried by the publishers of Splash last year, 77% of respondents said the local talent pool was not large enough or of high enough quality while 53% of voters found current work restrictions on foreigners were affecting their businesses. Most damningly, 59% of readers said the government had not been effective in getting more people interested in a maritime career.

The poll formed a core part of an annual Singapore magazine. The full 60-page special can be accessed for free here.




Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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