by Ernie B. Calucag
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) said Wednesday they will commit more than S$7 million over two years in two new initiatives to attract Singaporeans to join the harbour craft sector.
The first initiative is a new traineeship programme to train Singaporeans to work as marine engineer officers on board ships that ply within “Special Limits” in and near Singapore.
MPA and WDA/e2i will support 90 per cent of the course fees. MPA will also top up the existing allowance provided by e2i and the company, such that each cadet will receive S$1,200 a month at the start of the programme and up to S$1,400 a month as he progresses.
The 13-month programme, which will be added to the Certificate of Competency (CoC) (Special Limits) training framework, will cover marine engineering studies, basic safety skills, and ship board training. The new programme also helps them secure placement with potential employers even before training commences.
“The harbour craft sector is an integral part of Maritime Singapore and it is a key priority for MPA to ensure that the sector continues to attract Singapore workers,” said Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of MPA.
The first intake of the new programme will commence in October 2012.